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Perhaps some of you have heard of Project 333. It's been around for several years. The basic idea of it is to choose 33 items of clothing and accessories and wear only those for three months. Everything else you own is boxed up and put away. Three months later, you can re-assess, based on what did or didn't work, or on seasonal needs, and choose your 33 for the next three months. And so on.
|My scarf collection is getting out of hand.|
The original project idea is that the 33 items include all clothing, accessories like jewelry and scarves, shoes, and outer wear. It does not include jewelry that you wear every day like a wedding ring or other sentimental item, underpinnings, pajamas, or workout gear.
Before you freak out, or click away, bear with me.
Have you ever stood in front of a closet full of clothes, frustrated because there is nothing to wear? When you are going somewhere special, do you routinely try on several outfits, unsure of which works the best? Do you find yourself buying clothes on impulse or because of a trend, and later wondering what you were thinking?
I am working toward this 33 items at a time, and believe me, it is a brilliant idea. Brilliant, I tell you.
No one could ever accuse me of being a minimalist. Just look at the number of teacups and linens I own. Or books.
But I also really dislike clutter and disorganization and waste.
I think this system will work for me because:
** I no longer wear anything that is uncomfortable, doesn't fit, is the wrong color on me, is too young for me, or shows more skin than I want. All of those clothes have been donated. Bonus: everything in my closet fits and makes me smile.
** I've learned to stick to a color palette that allows a lot of mixing and matching. Many people find black, gray, and white, with two pops of color (say red and cobalt) works for them. I am working with navy, gray, and white as my primary colors, with pink and lavender as accents.
** I'm staying away from cheap clothes that pill and fade, and saving up for the best I can afford that will be workhorses for me. One beautiful sweater that lasts for years and looks and feels wonderful on, is so much better than 10 cheap and trendy tops.
** I have started to feel okay about wearing something a couple times a week. That's what I did before anyway, when I had hundreds of things to choose from. Don't you find yourself reaching for the same things? They should be part of your 33.
** I've begun to think of my life as it really is, rather than how I picture it. Do I really need two dozen pairs of heels when I only wear them once, maybe twice a week for a few hours? Just because they're super cute and on sale, doesn't mean they should come home with me.
** It's low risk. You don't have to get rid of everything. In fact, don't. It's only three months. All your other clothes are safe and sound, just boxed up for now. No need to panic.
|Perfectly good clothes, but they didn't make the cut. I'll look at them again in December.|
** It's flexible. The whole point of this is not suffering; it's freedom. Some people count 33 items of clothing only, and don't count accessories or shoes as part of the 33. Do what works for you.
The interesting thing about this project is that people report that the longer they do this, several things happen:
* they shop way less, saving oodles of money
* their closet becomes even more curated (and thus, perfect for them) over time
* dressing becomes easy and quick, freeing them to focus on other things
* they actually receive more compliments, I think because they have more style and confidence
There are a number of websites out there with helpful information and encouragement.
Project 333 is discussed here. A very helpful website, especially in seeing how a palette of five colors can work together, is The Vivienne Files here. If you really are hardcore, find out how a stylish Francophile lives with a 10-item wardrobe at The Daily Connoisseur here.
I only just embraced this concept after a couple years of hearing about it, and a lot of research on colors and styles that work for me. I still have a ways to go. The time you spend up front, though, is more than paid back in time and money saved later.
I will show what my 33-item wardrobe looks like next week. I've even worked the jewelry and shoes into the total number, which has me panicking a little. (Is this all I get?)
Anybody want to join me?