Baby Capsule Wardrobe

Baby Capsule Wardrobe

We were loving all the snuggles, coos and everything about our firstborn child (the middle of the night feedings were even okay), but the piles of baby stuff EVERYWHERE? Overwhelming and depressing. I needed to get the house back under control so we could just enjoy our baby. All the stuff was not adding to his existence or happiness, but it was draining to us. When there is chubby baby cheeks to be kissed, who wants to be bothered with stuff?

Several weeks ago I decided to conquer the reign of clothing terror and put together a capsule wardrobe for the little man. I didn’t worry about running out of clothes if the experiment failed, because I figured that as long as we had diapers and blankets (and his food source – me!), he would be quite happy!

So what do I think now that I’ve done it for several weeks? I LOVE it! In fact, I can’t imagine doing it any other way now. I’m going to share the super simple process I used to put it together in case you want to try it too!

5 Simple Steps to a Baby Capsule Wardrobe

1. Gather all of the clothes into one place. I think I put Little Man into p.j.’s even. I didn’t want to leave any stones unturned.

2. Pull out any duplicates, etc. This might be the exact same item, or so similar that you aren’t going to want two in a tiny wardrobe. If they still have tags attached, you can put them in a return pile. I had a few items like this and I saved the money to put towards items he still needed. 

3. Sort everything into “size” categories. You only want the babies current size!  Also, all sizes are not created equal, so do eyeball stuff too. He got a pair of the most adorable shoes ever and if I’d gone by months, he would have grown out of them before I tried them on him. He got another pair of shoes that is a smaller size and he hasn’t grown into those yet!

4. Separate everything by type. Shirts, pants, jumpsuits, etc.

5. Assemble the Capsule. Start with your favorite pieces, tops or bottoms, and start seeing what goes together. I started with his shorts since we were going into summer and found three pairs I liked. I tried each top with these three pairs of shorts, and if it didn’t go with all three, I set it aside. I ended up with 7 tops that could mix with 3 pairs of shorts and 1 overall. I also had 2 jumpsuits that coordinated with everything else. I added a pair of shoes and a sun hat and boom = Capsule Wardrobe.

Ta-da!

To make sure all your hard work doesn’t get derailed, pack the extras into a box, seal it, and put it a closet or the garage (You aren’t completely committed that way)  or, I saved the extras for a sleep capsule. If there are items you know just aren’t going to work for you, sell or donate them. Somebody else can put them to good use that way!

I still haven’t got to his “sleep capsule” and boy, can I tell a difference. It’s still a collection of all the mismatched “extras” and a few sleepers. It seems like such a small thing, but the difference between these two is huge! I feel organized, encouraged, and on top of life when I think about his daytime capsule wardrobe. His sleeping clothes? I feel cluttered, disorganized and blah. Capsule wardrobes are the bomb!

The capsule wardrobe for the next size up should be even easier because I know what works best for us now. I think I’ll do a couple less outfits and maybe add in another pair of shoes or two. Because I like shoes, and baby shoes? Oh-my-word!

Tips

Bibs! Until the last few days,  Little man has spit up and or drooled a LOT and bibs are invaluable. They are a whole lot easier to change and throw in the wash!

To help prevent stains, I rinse all his laundry in cold water before I run it on the wash cycle. I think it helps.

Are you going to try this? Questions? Thoughts? Tips? Let me know in the comments below!

Snuggle that cute little bundle of joy that is growing up so fast and…

Live beautifully!

 

Jam Thumbprint Tarts

Jam Thumbprint

2/3 cup butter*, softened
3 – 4 T. honey
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups soft white wheat flour

Strawberry Jam or spread

Cream together butter and honey. Beat in yolks, vanilla and salt. Stir in flour. Chill. In greased mini muffin tins, gently pat about 1 T. dough. Indent top of cookie deeply with thumb. Bake in 350 degree oven for 17 – 20 minutes or until lightly brown. While still warm, top with a generous dollop of jam. Makes exactly 3 dozen delicious cookie tarts.

*To make these dairy free, you can substitute vegetable shortening for the butter.

Life-Changing? I Hope!

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To be 100% honest with you, my house is a disaster zone right now. And I’m a mile behind in my goals. There are piles of stuff in my bedroom, on the kitchen table, in the office/nursery, and small little collections of “stuff” in the rest of the house waiting to be organized or dealt with at some point in the future.

And even if I were to go clean, it wouldn’t help for long. Those ominous piles mysteriously reappear every time.

I don’t want to live like this. I don’t want to be in a constant state of sorting-organizing-purging-cleaning-dreaming-failing. I’m making progress at getting rid of stuff, but it’s painfully slow going. It’s been like this for awhile.

What I needed was a shot in the arm.

Between friends and family members, I’ve been hearing about the KonMari method and a revolutionary house cleaning book, so I finally decided enough was enough, and I was going to read it and see if I could give myself a little fire under the feet.

Thanks to one of my SIL I had the idea to rent it from the library rather than buying it. (because I hate spending money) So, I got myself a good ol’ library card, and checked out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. Because if you’re going to do a thing, do it properly. It took me a couple days to even have the time to sit down and start the first one, but once I did, I finished it in a day. And now I’m on to the next one.

So much truth in one small, simple book! Her message really spoke to me, and one of the really important things that I personally took away was the option to actually KEEP things. For me, that was important, because I  really like purging. But sometimes, I need to know it’s okay to keep something. Just because.

I haven’t started the purging process yet, so I’ll let you know what I think as I go along. But I am so encouraged! I can get rid of things. I can keep the things I love. I’m half scared/can’t wait to start.

It’s a problem. Mostly because you’re supposed to start with your clothes first, and I’m really, truly worried I won’t have anything to wear. Which would make going to work awkward.

Embrace the battle!

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Rhubarb Tart

Sometimes I like to be very individual, and sometimes I see things that I think would be a little challenging and I want to recreate them. I present such a case here….

Behold the Tart!

Rhubarb Tart PlaidI used the Rhubarb Tart Recipe found on Baking A Moment and decided to use her suggested alternative for the Pastry Cream Recipe since I had the ingredients for that on hand! I used a Sweet Pastry Crust from Joy of Baking, which was fun to make, but wish I’d gone with something a little more buttery and less sweet. There is always next time!

Note: I don’t have a lovely fluted edge tart pan, so I used a simple bread pan and pressed the crust into shape up the sides about 1/2″ – 3/4″. I’m out of parchment paper too, so I crossed my fingers that the crust would come out of the pan – and it did. Just barely. Use what you have, do what you can! Don’t let a simple thing like the wrong pan stop you!

My rhubarb design definitely turned out a lot more yellow, so I will probably wait to try my next rhubarb dessert until the variety that is more red is ready for picking. Although that is definitely a spring color scheme going on up there! It looks very retro and reminds me of a lady in a green suit with pearls and white gloves.

With the six leftover egg white I had from the pasty cream, I whipped up this White Cake Recipe from i am baker. It’s sitting wrapped on the counter just begging for strawberries and cream. I followed the link to her inspiration cake since I didn’t have 8″ pans. One of the cakes didn’t turn out of the pan quite as easily as I would have liked (no parchment again!), but that meant I got to taste some crumbs and they were DELICIOUS.

All that to say that I spent a lot more time in the kitchen yesterday than I had planned, so today I need to do more work on the office. We have relatives coming into town this weekend and I know my husband really wants it to look nice before they get here. It’s still pretty raw, so yikes, no pressure!

Off to conquer some more minimalizing!

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About Keely

Beauty has been my passion for as long as I can remember.

As a child, I planTeamned to marry rich and live in a big house. As an adult, I fell in love with small houses and married a good ol’ middle class American.

Because I learned along the way that you don’t have to have a huge house and a large income to live a beautiful life. It wasn’t about the money, it was about wanting to be surrounded by beauty. (Money is okay too! :))

This is my place to share my passion for interior design, fashion and food. Coming soon…inspiration, success and failures in my pursuit of living a beautiful minimalist life!

I’m a newlywed and my husband Nate is wonderfully patient as I take over his house and switch away from his rustic fishing and hunting décor! He definitely has an opinion, sometimes a preference, and I’m still working on his no pink rule! Together we’re redecorating our 60’s house and planning some remodels in the future. It’s a journey of blending our tastes, honoring the feel of the original architecture—and our budget.

The older I get the more I go towards minimalism because of the freedom it gives me. Freedom to pursue my dreams. I’m minimalist, not modern, so you’ll find a lot of the different things I love from industrial to fresh flowers and pearls…but all kept well, to a minimum!

Welcome to the journey!

“More isn’t always better, Linus. Sometimes It’s just more.” Sabrina (1995)