Sleep Capsule by Marjorie Ann
Happy Weekend! Today I wanted to go over one of my favorite categories of clothes – pajamas! It’s so easy to go overboard on our clothes – to just buy whatever we feel we love in the moment. I think it’s even easier to do so on our pajamas. But you don’t really need many. Creating a nightwear capsule not only can help you simplify your nighttime routine, but it can also help you save money and space in your closet!
About 5 years ago I had tons of ‘pajamas’. I air quote that because most of them were just worn out pieces from my regular or athletic wardrobe. Almost none of the stuffed two drawers I had were actual pjs and the few that were were mis-matched clearance bin finds that never quite fit to begin with!
After the trip that got me to create my first capsule wardrobe, I found that as I spent less on my regular wardrobe that I could for the first time, afford a nice pair of PJs. I was tired of wearing torn, stained, stretched, ill-fitting clothes to bed so I vowed to save up enough to get myself at least 2 sets of quality pajamas.
When I had finally saved the money, I found two sets that I fell in love with. I tried them on to make sure they fit, something I’d never done before with pjs. One of the sets didn’t fit me the way I wanted so I put it back because I wanted something I’d love and I felt I already had so many things I didn’t like, why spend money to replace them with something else that I didn’t quite like? I had to hunt through some other stores but eventually I found another set I loved and felt good in when I tried them on.
The difference in how I felt going to bed after that was incredible! Suddenly, getting ready for bed was a special treat and when I woke up I felt confident and lovely even with my bed head and drool trail! It’s amazing how liking the way you look and feel in your pajamas effects your confidence and happiness. 😉 The crazy part is, even 5 years later I love slipping into my pajamas. It’s special, it makes me feel good and I get that every night with only 4 sets!
Classic Pink and Black Jammies by Marjorie Ann
So how many pairs of pajamas do you need? You can certainly do just fine with 2 pairs. Later, I got rid of all my other ratty sleepwear after feeling so wonderful in those new quality pajamas. In fact, I simply couldn’t bear to put on the old ones, which I’ll admit, made it really easy to let them go. I even managed just fine for 3 months with only those two pair – one for wear, one for wash. I never once felt deprived, never once missed those other mis-matched ‘pajamas’.
However, everyone has different habits. Since I shower before getting ready for bed, I typically wear my pjs 2-3 times before washing. So that eliminates the need to have enough to get me through the work week (I wash clothes on the weekend). While anyone can reasonably get by with just 2 pairs, I think 4 is a pretty magic number (at least for me!) Want to figure out yours?
How to Simplify Your Sleepwear
- Choose! Start with 2 pairs of your favorite pajamas. If you have pajamas you love already, wonderful! Use those. If you’re like I was and didn’t have any pajamas you cared for then save up and invest in 2 really nice pair that make you feel wonderful.
- Purge: Eliminate all the pajamas you don’t feel amazing in. You should only keep nightwear that makes you feel amazingly comfy or amazingly sexy or any other amazingly that you feel good in. But if it doesn’t make you feel good, let it go. Remove all those non-amazing pjs from your closet and drawers.
- Store: Pack away any other pjs. Put them in a box (I suggest with your couple next most favorite pajamas on top, you’ll see why later) and put that box someplace inconvenient – up on a shelf, in the garage, in another room, under the bed, etc. This way you don’t waste any wearable pajamas you still like, but they won’t be easily accessible to mess with your experiment either.
- Stress Out! Really, it will probably feel stressful at first so go ahead and feel that anxiousness. If you don’t, great! But if you are worried, that’s normal. Tell yourself you’ve got this – because you do. Our inner turmoil is the hardest part. When we’re used to having an abundance (even if it’s an abundance of stuff we don’t even like), it feels scary to suddenly have less.
- Try it! Wear just those two pajamas for 1 week.
- Reflect: What did you learn about your habits? How did you feel about using just the two sets?
- Adjust: Add 1 pair if you ended up not having pjs one or more nights (or close to), pick your next favorite from your storage box.
- Repeat: Try another week with the new pair or continue challenging yourself with just the 2, then reflect on what you want/need to change.
- Evaluate: After the 2nd week, do you need to add any more or were you just fine rotating those favorites? By now you should have a better idea about your previous habits, be more aware of what you do and don’t like about your pajamas, and feel a little more comfortable with simplifying.
- Finish: Adjust your sleepwear wardrobe so that you feel satisfied and then donate/sell/trash the remaining pieces. Remember that your goal was to simplify, so resist the urge to keep pieces ‘just in case’.
- Enjoy: Pat yourself on the back and appreciate the extra space in your closet/drawers!
Magical Bedtime by Marjorie Ann
If using just a few sleepwear sets for a couple weeks seems too extreme, you can easily use the 10-piece wardrobe guide to mix and match a 10-piece pajama set. An easy rule of thumb is 4 bottoms, 4 tops, a one-piece and a robe. Of course, you’ll likely want different sets for hot and cold weather. And when the seasons are in-between, like fall and spring, it’s easy to mix and match your cold and warm weather pieces!
Tip: We have a tendency to buy more in order to fill storage up whether we need the items or not. If you have a lot of excess space after simplifying, try putting in extra linens or consolidating your drawers so that you have a spare drawer to use for something else. A good guideline is 80-90% full. This way you will be less tempted to make unnecessary purchases and will be more likely to shop with intention when you do need or want something.
I love wearing the matching sets, but you can easily create pajama outfits by staying within a color scheme or theme. Or if you don’t mind, just mix up your sleepwear however you want regardless! The point is to simplify and keep only those items that make you feel wonderful when you wear them. We spend 1/3 of our lives asleep; it’s our time to recuperate. So it makes sense that we should feel our absolute best when we go to bed so we can fully recharge our inner and outer selves! I hope you enjoy the weekend and thanks for stopping by! ❤