Over the past year or so,  I have made it my personal mission statement to “minimize the crap”. This journey started with my closet at home, implementing wardrobe concepts like creating a capsule wardrobe into my life. The goal was simple, get rid of the extra stuff and leave standing a well-curated wardrobe. I stuck with the basics and added in the pieces i had always coveted. I will also show you how I translated the same concept into my personal capsule planning style.

PART I: CREATING A CAPSULE WARDROBE

THE FIRST TASK: CHOOSE THE COLOR PALETTE

I made sure to stick with colors I felt most like myself in: black, white, gray, and nude.

The SECOND TASK: EMPTY OUT THE CLOSET

I emptied out the entire closet and only added back the items that fit in the above color palette and that fit properly.

THE THIRD TASK: PURGE & RECYCLE

I tossed the items that weren’t in the best condition, and donated or sold the items that were still in great condition, but hadn’t been worn in the past year, fit properly, and/or didn’t fit in my capsule color palette.

THE FOURTH TASK: SET A BUDGET & REINVEST

With the money I made from purging and after I determined what my wardrobe budget would be I added a few items to my closet:

a basic leather tote

a leather cross body bag

a basic pair of leather booties

a pair of leather flats

a basic black pump

a pair of athletic shoes

card holder,

3 pairs of jeans (black, darkwash, and cropped darkwash)

6 basic t-shirts (nude, 2 black, 2 white, gray)

a pencil skirt

an lbd  (little black dress)

RESULTS:  eliminated decision fatigue whilst getting ready, allowed me to have a closet that fit my personality and body type, and allowed me to focus on quality pieces rather than quantity.

PART II: HOW I TRANSLATED THE CAPSULE WARDROBE CONCEPT TO CAPSULE PLANNING

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THE FIRST TASK: CHOOSE YOUR PALETTE & PLANNING STYLE

I chose a palette that allowed me to read all my plans and doodles clearly (black, gray, and the occasional blush orchid pink). I chose a minimal layout: black or gray words on primarily white paper. I know I appreciated nice writing tools and leaned more toward fineliners and gel pens with muted ink colors.

THE SECONDS TASK: PURGE THE ITEMS THAT NO LONGER FIT MY NEEDS

I tossed out flimsy Target One Spot items and traded them in for notepads like this, and got rid of, or gifted, brightly colored planning supplies that no longer fit my aesthetic. GOODBYE WASHI TAPE.

THE THIRD TASK: CHOOSE THE BINDER OR PLANNER SYSTEM THAT BEST FIT YOUR NEEDS

I discovered that I loved spiral-bound planners, but wanted something more customizable. I also wanted the durability of a binder like system, but wanted to make sure it was something that could stand getting lugged around to meetings, taken out of town, and shoved in my handbag.

Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda

Lavender Discs in Gold

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THE FOURTH TASK: CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO PLAN OR DOCUMENT YOUR DAILY HAPPENINGS.

I chose tools that fit within my color palette and chose the following inserts: a Day on One page Layout (DO1P) and a Week on One Page (WO1P) layout in a basic black a white. I realized in my old planning layouts I primary used sticky notes and hand lettering to “decorate my pages”. So here are the supplies I chose.

CLOTH & PAPER INSERTS-I needed black or gray words on predominately white paper

Monami Essenti Soft highlighter in Gray

Monami Aqua Plus Ultra fineliner in Black

White metal Gel Pen with .38mm tip (nice weight and refillable)

One care-free gel pen with a .38mm tip (easily replaceable)

Marvy Le Pen in Orchid and Gray

Ruler (one here and here)

Leather Pen Loop since the LV DA does not come with a slot for a pen

Sticky Notes (here , here, here, and here)

RESULTS:  More streamlined planning process, less cluttered pages, sticking to a single color palette could alleviate regrettable purchases, more ticks off my to-do list.

I hope you find this information helpful. Perhaps you are a first time planner or stuck in a planning rut. Try Capsule planning out and let us know how it worked for you! #capsuleplanner