Life Changing Magic of Running in the Morning

I did what I thought to be impossible today - got up at 4:45am to get my run in before work. Mind you these morning runs I have been throwing in every once in a while are not impressive pace or distance wise, I am still thrilled to be getting down to the treadmill while the moon is still shining bright. It means I'm making a little progress toward one day getting back to running outside in the neighborhood with the girl dog. 

Someone got ahold of the filters....

Someone got ahold of the filters....

10/27: 3.0 miles, 8:45 avg pace

I think something that aided in my effort this morning is my capsule wardrobe project. I found out about it from Vivianna who was following Caroline while she was doing it. I was able to pick out what I was going to wear in about 1 minute with my newly limited options. I didn't even really think I was that interested in this kind of thing but I very much related to the 'have a closet filled with clothes and nothing to wear' syndrome. I guess something really clicked because I spent most of Saturday and Sunday boxing and bagging up my closet and dresser drawers and selecting my 37 (40?) piece wardrobe that I'm going to attempt to live with until the end of January. I kept most of it in my basement with some bags of giveaway items taken to St Vincent de Paul. I have a few bags of clothing that I will try and consign, and then the rest will wait patiently until next season. I am keeping my super sentimental dresses that I wore to my best friends weddings, but I'm trying to really think that these items are all gone. Since I wasn't 100% committed to the project from the beginning and just starting yanking everything out of my closet, I'm giving myself a little leeway. 

Note the extra space! Dog for scale/attitude.

Note the extra space! Dog for scale/attitude.

Since I work in the retail/fashion world for my day job I have too many opportunities to acquire clothes and shoes. I may or may not actually want or need the items, but they are such a good deal/one of a kind/almost my size that I snap them up just so I don't miss an opportunity. I love love love dressing up and getting fancy, but when I have so much stuff that I only sort of like it sucks a little of the fun out. Plus it feels really wasteful. I also bought The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (I would link to Powell's but their site is down!) on Friday and have really enjoyed reading it so far. I'm hoping it spills over from my wardrobe into house life as well. I even cleaned out my running clothes and ditched some ill-fitting race tees and tights with some very worn elastic. 

Okay, time to get ready for Aerial tonight! My goal is to remember the bicycle climb we did last week and not die in the first 30 minutes. 

Any thoughts on the capsule wardrobe? Ever tried it?