Not buying new clothes for a year is one thing. Paring your wardrobe down to just 33 pieces of clothing (including shoes, accessories and jewellery, but not including nightwear, underwear, outerwear and sportswear) is quite a different beast. I figured I could do both, so I joined The Project 333.
Unfortunately, I found out about The Project 333 when it was already quite late, so I had to wait until the next day before I could get started on my first challenge. Needless to say, with a head so full of plans I hardly slept at all that night.
The next morning I was tired and grumpy, but that didn’t deter me. I emptied my wardrobe and dumped the contents on my bed, only to look at that enormous pile of clothes in dismay and wonder what I’d gotten myself into. So many clothes, how was I ever going to decide which ones to put back into my wardrobe, which ones to trash, donate, or box up for later use?
I stared at that mountain of clothes for some longer, gritted my teeth and got started on the trousers. I only had 7 pairs of them, so that was totally doable.
By the time I was done, I’d thrown away a few pieces of clothing that were beyond repair. I donated 16 pieces of clothing to the second hand shop, gave three to my 14-year old daughter, and put 25 pieces of clothing in a cardboard box. Some of these items may leave the house in three months as I’m not sure that I really want to keep them, but others are summer clothes, which I will want to wear next summer.
I kept: 3 pairs of trousers, 2 skirts, 1 dress, 3 tunics, 4 blouses, 5 t-shirts, 2 pullovers, 2 cardigans, 2 jackets, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 scarves, and 2 belts.
But wait! That’s only 30 pieces of clothing! Yes, I know. My bad. But by the time I discovered my cock-up, it was too late. I’d already put away my other clothes and was certainly not going to get them back out.
I’ll live with just those 30 pieces of clothing. I figure I can do that. Easily.