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Capsule Wardrobe: Downsizing Your Closet For RV Living

You might not have ever heard of a capsule wardrobe before, but if you’ve ever lived in an RV for an extended period of time, you’ve probably had one without even knowing it. In essence, a capsule wardrobe is a mini collection of clothes made up of very versatile pieces. As you can imagine, living in the confines of an RV is very conducive to developing a capsule wardrobe, but downsizing your closet without sacrificing your style isn’t always the easiest endeavor. To help make it a little simpler, we’ve collected some advice on downsizing your closet for RV living so that you can transition from that spacious residential walk-in to your slender RV dresser smoothly and successfully!

The Great Purge

The hardest part of downsizing is saying goodbye to those articles of clothing that you’re convinced you’ll wear someday, even if today is never that day. As most people will agree, even if they are slow to admit, we tend to keep the same clothes in rotation week after week while other items remain in our closets for months on end without ever being worn. The trick to downsizing is being able to clearly differentiate between what items are essential to your wardrobe, and what items are destined to eventually be donated. To help with the task of making that clear distinction, start by getting rid of:

  • Items that don’t fit you properly

  • Items that have holes or stains

  • Items that have semi-identical matches

  • Items that you’ve never worn before

The Select Few

Now that you’ve purged your excess clothing items, or maybe just a portion of them, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of what makes it into your RV’s closet and what stays behind. The best way to start this process is to have a clear idea of how much room you have to work with in your RV. Analyze the space, determine how many hangers can feasibly fit inside the closet, and decide where you’re going to keep your shoes. That’s right, unfortunately you’re gonna have to downsize your beloved shoe collection too! To make things easier, follow these tips on the best clothing items to take on your RVing adventures:

  • Bring clothes with fabrics that can be folded up without getting wrinkled. Leave your dry-clean-only items and your whites behind.

  • Bring clothes that can be worn in layers. Rather than bringing bulky single-layer sweaters, opt for zip-up and button-up items that can better adapt to weather and temperature changes.

  • Bring clothes that have solid-colored fabrics which can be mixed and matched to create multiple different outfits. Crazy and colorful patterns are fun, but they’re not very versatile.

  • Bring clothes that are comfortable. Remember, RVing is not about impressing your campground neighbors with how well you can pull off your Peter Pan-collared chiffon jumpsuit.

The Odds and Ends

Now that you’ve narrowed down your apparel to the special select few that will undoubtedly be accompanying you along on your RV adventures, it’s time to take care of some odds and ends. We’ll start with shoes by suggesting that you try to keep it at a 3 pair maximum. Bring a comfortable pair of easy-to-slip-on shoes, a sturdy pair of hiking boots, and a casual pair of tennis shoes. In addition to shoes, you’ll also want to pack along accessories. Whether it's scarfs, belts, hats, or jewelry, having an array of accessories will give you more options to create different outfits that display your own unique style.

Hopefully we’ve helped you in your quest to create a capsule wardrobe that can easily be incorporated into your RV’s closet space. We never said downsizing for RV living would be easy, but we can guarantee you that it’ll be worth it!

Do you have any other tips for creating a capsule wardrobe or downsizing for the RV lifestyle? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear them!

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