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Create the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe

teacher avatar Karan Rai, Fashion Stylist, Minimalist, Raw Vegan

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Checklist

    • 3. Start your Decluttering Journey

    • 4. Learn The Decluttering Rules

    • 5. Declutter One Catergory at a Time

    • 6. How to Discard Responsibly

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Declutter your wardrobe and always have something to wear!

Join me, Karan Rai a fashion stylist and minimalist, in this actionable class I give you the skills to live simply. Having read endless books on decluttering, my own experiments, and working on-set with fashion experts, I've laid down the foundations for building a capsule wardrobe that's life-changing. In this class, I share my tips, tricks, and pitfalls to feeling like you have enough!

In this class, I take you through a 20 step guide to creating the ultimate capsule wardrobe. You'll learn:

  • How to start decluttering without feeling overwhelmed
  • What your dream lifestyle looks like
  • How to deal with your clothes one step at a time
  • Which guidelines to use when sorting through items
  • Best practices for saying goodbye to your things 

I get straight to the point in this short but comprehensive class saving you time, money and hopefully bringing you joy. If you've got heaps of clothes, want to get organised, or are curious about minimalism, this course is for you!

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Karan Rai

Fashion Stylist, Minimalist, Raw Vegan


Hi, I'm Karan.

I left my desk job in 2019 having worked as a fashion stylist for Hearst UK who publish Elle magazine. 

Yearning for a simple lifestyle, I became a full-time house sitter. I travel and stay rent-free in exchange for looking after some adorable pets. 

My search for spirituality led me to minimalism, sleeping on the floor, and eating a raw food diet.

'That's extreme!' said people about my choices so I decided to join Skillshare and tell you my story. 

My courses are on topics that changed my life and will hopefully add value to yours. 

I'm so excited to meet you and build a small community of students who dare to be different!



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1. Introduction: Create the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe with a Fashion Stylist. The question of what you want to own, is actually the question of how you want to live your life. Said decluttering Queen Marie Kondo. Hi, I'm Karan Rai. As a fashion stylist I've developed a list of essential items fit for every wardrobe. Learning about shapes, colors, and fabrics There are some staple pieces worth investing in. The good news is you probably already have these items buried below things you never wear. The secret to the ultimate capsule wardrobe is one which magazines won't tell you. It's to curate a uniform that suits your needs. This course will help you define and keep clothing that's important to you. Capsule Wardrobe. How fashion helped me become a minimalist. The fashion world is all about the latest trends. Keeping up with looks endorsed by social media influencers, celebrities and even your friends is all but impossible. So don't! Buy a handful of classic pieces that fit your lifestyle and be authentic to your 'best self.' Your Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe. What this course covers. Making space. We'll begin your 20 step guide by identifying how much closet space is available to you. Defining your dream lifestyle. It's important to know why you've decided to downsize. Taking action. We work through each item of clothing in your wardrobe. Sparking joy. If the item of clothing sparks joy for you, it stays. Saying goodbye, will tie up loose ends and celebrate. My decluttering journey. Five years ago, I would buy new clothes every day, never writing up a shopping list. My purchases were impulsive. If I really liked a sweatshirt, I would buy it - in every color. I was wasteful, carefree, and sporadic in my choices. Reaching the front door to my house, I would hide my shopping in an oversized handbag so no one could know that I was a shopaholic! Having too much stuff is often a way to hide from what's really going on. The term retail therapy suggests shopping helps you feel better. It does - temporarily. But just like happiness, it can't be sustained by things outside of ourselves. To feel truly rich and live a life of abundance, you have to look inwards. By keeping things that add value to your life and letting go of what doesn't you'll begin your journey to simple living. Is this course for you? The benefits. A numbers game. Free up your time by cleaning less and have more money by reducing your spending. Keep it simple. Removes stressful morning choices about what to wear by keeping the bare necessities. Think again. The best things in life are free. Embrace borrowing from friends and build better relationships to spark real joy. This course will help you feel abundant and appreciate your life, just as it is. If you're ready to create a capsule wardrobe that will bring you joy, then let's get started! 2. Checklist: Let's begin the 20 step guide to curating your dream wardrobe. Here's a checklist you can print out to record your progress. 3. Start your Decluttering Journey: Step 1, space. Look at the storage space you have around your house or apartment that's just for your clothes. In the case of my Mum she has clothes in the attic under the stairs, the guest room, and finally her bedroom. She goes from room to room each morning before work, feeling stressed and anxious, trying to find her favorite white shirt. How much easier would it be to have everything in one room? Identify in your home the storage spaces available to you. Step two, create a moodboard. Use Pinterest, tear pages from a magazine, or your phone to create a photo album of what your ideal lifestyle would be. It's important to know why you want to live like this. Your answers will help you get excited about decluttering. And the images will act as a point of reference when it all gets a bit too much. Decluttering requires on-the-spot decision making, which can be difficult. These pictures will help you dig deeper and sit with any uncomfortable feelings. Step 3, stepping into action. Pull everything out of your closet and pile it onto your bed. I've been doing this since I was a teenager, it was easier to pull everything out and start again. I would literally squeeze my hand into the back of my wardrobe and in one motion, swing my clothes onto my bed. I had so many clothes that most would trickle onto the floor. Go around the house and find any other clothes that belong to you. You'll need to gather your workwear, nightwear, loungewear, outerwear, activewear, and other miscellaneous items of clothing. That includes dirty items too. We'll leave under garments, accessories like hats and scarves, jewelry and shoes for another day. Step 4. Take a moment. Take a picture of the pile in front of you. The mounted layers will look worse in the photograph and you'll be motivated to discard. You can create a 'before and after' collage with this image. Step 5, DIY. Grab three pieces of A4 paper and cut them in half. Take the now A5 piece of paper and write in big block capitals keep, do the same for maybe toss, charity, giveaway, and wash. 4. Learn The Decluttering Rules: Step six, the rules. The key pile is straightforward, these are items that stay. Maybe is for the items you'll try on at the end. Toss are items, you're ready to discard. Charity items will be taken to the local charity shop on the same day as sorting. Remember, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Give away items are for friends and family who 'need' your hand me downs, Items to be washed, well, that's self-explanatory. I haven't included a sell pile, if an item is likely to earn less than $100 I didn't go through the hassle of selling it. I've experimented with this and usually, the items sit in a corner and I never get around to dealing with them, so I set a boundary. Step 7, time is of the essence. Make sure you have no pressing commitments for the next three hours. Get in the flow and aim to declutter your wardrobe completely in one go. Step 8, be kind. Have an ample supply of drinking water to hand. This should be fun with breaks when you need them, not a chore. Step 9, the magic number. Save 33 items that bring you joy. It's an arbitrary number but in order for you to create a capsule wardrobe that serves you, you'll need a guide. If saving only 33 items of clothing seems impossible, try to reduce your wardrobe by 50 percent. If that's not right for you, start by downsizing to what you're comfortable with. Step 10, the nitty-gritty. Start with your tops, tees and blouses. Hold each item one by one, close to your heart, and decide whether it brings you joy. Keep only those things that speak to your heart. If it makes you happy, keep it, if not, discard. When I did this with my boyfriend, he said, "none of these clothes bring me joy!" As we went through the pile, certain items made him smile, raised his energy, or made his 'top three' those he kept. 5. Declutter One Catergory at a Time: Step 11, if you're struggling to understand what sparks joy, you can apply some basic yardsticks. Functionality. Look for holes, rips, and general wear and tear that you're not willing to mend. Items that don't fit anymore or aren't fashionable. Rarity. Things that can be easily replaced. Perhaps they're cheap and commonly available. Someday. Items that you haven't worn for over a year, having passed all four seasons can go - be aggressive and purge. Step 12, if you're sentimentally attached to an item because of the memories you have when wearing it, take a picture and let it go. Step 13, say thank you and wish it well. Once you're ready to discard an item, bid farewell to it. Your clothes have protected you so give them a warm send-off. Step 14, move on. Tackle trousers, sweatpants, and in-home loungewear next. Then your sweatshirts, cardigans, jumpers, jackets and coats. Step 15, go through each item of clothing following steps 10 to 13. 6. How to Discard Responsibly: Step 16, changing room. At the very end of sorting, try our new maybes. Do those jeans which might fit someday spark joy? Give you that TING feeling or are they a constant reminder of something yet to do? Items that don't serve us send silent messages like 'clean me, go on that diet, or you're not enough.' What you own should be consciously chosen and based on what you need day-to-day, not sometime in the future. Step 17, be discrete. You don't need to show the clothes you're discarding to anyone. If you wave your bags of discarded clothes in front of siblings or your parents, they'll feel compelled to rummage through them. They'll probably keep things that don't suit them, fit or add value to them 'just in case.' You can always ask them if they need anything specific, which you can then gift. Take the discarded items straight to the charity shop or recycling centre. Step 18, Laundry. Deal with your washing pile straight away. Once it's all clean, dry it, iron it, and hang it up or fold it neatly. If you let your washing lye around the house, it will look like clutter, and you'll wonder why you ever bothered. Step 19. Take a moment. Take a picture of what you've achieved. Every time you feel the clothes ganging up on you again, look back at this picture and remember what's possible. This will be your 'after' image for your collage. Step 20, keep going. Keep a charity basket in the laundry area. When you spot items that don't spark joy for you, place them in the basket. Empty the basket at the end of the month and take its contents to a charity shop. That way, you'll never have to do a major declutter again. 7. Final Thoughts: Congratulations. You've completed the 20 step guide to Creating the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe. It's time to celebrate! If you have any questions, feedback, or need extra support, I'm here for you. Get in touch via email or tag me @karan.ranj on Instagram so I can see your 'before and after' transformations. Bye for now!