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simplifying my wardrobe, project 33

I saw some random pinterest thing about how to get your wardrobe down to only 33 pieces of clothing: Project 33.

I liked the idea. And I haven't exactly laid out all I owned and counted 33 pieces yet - but I've been thinking about it, and I have an informal goal in place right now to have a wardrobe that fits into my living space. My house was built in 1929 when a "closet" was not a separate room that you walked into, it was a 3x3ft square behind a door. I have that, and a dresser with six drawers, and I've wondered if I could live out of it. This has gotten me to try to move clothes out of the guest room, my kids room, and downstairs closets - when we first moved in, I had to be everywhere just to deal.

So I've gotten rid of bags and bags of clothing this year, most of it donated, but some I decided to store. The project 33 website encourages that. I wasn't sure what size I'd be after pregnancy, and storing clothes gave me a chance to open a bag of clothes I hadn't seen in six months to re-evaluate. It was nice. I'd pick up a shirt, and if I felt like I'd missed it, it went back into the rotation. If I hadn't missed it, wasn't looking forward to wearing it again, then it got donated.

I only have about 5-10 outfits I really love, and I found out that it's liberating to just let yourself wear them every week. The people I work with every day might notice the repeats, but I'm not as concerned about them because they're the people who know me the best. It's the people who I see occasionally, in the important meetings at work, who I care about, and this way they're more likely to see me in an outfit I'm really comfortable in.

My little closet features the clothes I want to wear. For a new item to make it out of the store and into my closet is has to meet a lot of rules now - no dry cleaning required, excellent fit, versatile. It can't just be on sale.

I bought more clothes this year than I normally do because I was just pregnant and basically went a year without buying normal person clothes. But I like the stuff I bought a lot more because I didn't feel like I had to get 20 new shirts to refresh my wardrobe. I'm trying to keep it simple.



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Dec. 11th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
My first thought was "but I need more than 33 items in order to always have something clean!" but I see they include neither underwear nor gym kit - which goes a long way to solving my "erk, but I NEED THINGS" issue; which is better than some suggestions of this form I've seen.

In fact most of the stuff I own is stuff that I wear very rarely; but it's SHINY and FUN...

(and I'm in the UK where the idea that your "closet" might be a *room* is reserved for people with enormous amounts of money - my clothes live in a free-standing wardrobe... it's kinda full).
Dec. 11th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
When I got pregnant for the first time, I was warned that by the end I would have just a couple outfits that fit and I would come to HATE them. Well, half right.

I was sad to return to my full wardrobe, the one that enabled me to get 2+ weeks behind on laundry and required me to stand there and THINK about what to wear each day. </p>

I may make Project 333 into a New Years resolution. Now is an awkward time to begin, though, as I am in the middle of postpartum weightloss and I don't want to admit that all the pants I (can) wear right now are sweats, even though that is the truth of my wardrobe.

Dec. 12th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
You know what, I agree! I liked my maternity wardrobe, I figured pregnancy gave me a pass to wear the same five outfits every week (well by the end, it might have been three) so each of those outfits was new, special, something I felt good in. I was a little sick of them but they worked.
Dec. 12th, 2013 10:58 am (UTC)
This is awesome! I think I might make this a new years project!
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