My husband and I live in a teensy tiny condo with very little storage. By “very little storage” I mean “we share a closet.”
And I’m not talking about a walk-in, people. We share this:
Yikes, right? Thank goodness we have our own dressers!
Needless to say, I’m in a constant struggle not to have too much clothing.
When I first started teaching, I didn’t have much of a work wardrobe. I had lots of tee shirts and jeans that I wore to class in college and several cute dresses that I wore for nice occasions but weren’t really practical for teaching.
I think I over-bought to fill the void, and I over-bought too quickly because it was the first time I truly felt like I had nothing to wear. And to make matters worse, I was a teacher and not making much money, so I over-bought inexpensive, low-quality items that didn’t hold up or fit quite right. I’ve gotten better at finding inexpensive, high-quality items and getting great deals on more expensive stuff, but I had accumulated junk in the meantime.
So I’ve committed to cutting the junk and focusing on having fewer, better items.
Project 333 seems like the next logical step in figuring out how much is enough. I’ve gotten to the point that all of my clothing fits in the limited storage space I have, but I’m curious if I really need to be filling this space.
I’ve been reading the rules of Project 333, and they make me a little nervous. I have a few weddings to attend in the next three months, not to mention high school spring events like awards ceremonies and graduation, and I hate putting a dress on a list of only 33 items if I’m only going to wear it once or twice.
I know, I know. It’s like I’m missing the point.
But I also keep reading that Project 333 is not a project in suffering, and that you can create your own version that works better for you. For my first attempt, I’ve decided to do just that.
My 33 items include clothing only, not shoes or accessories. I’m not counting those in my list of 33. (Confession: I am a scarf hoarder.) Trying to narrow everything down to 33 items total became stressful pretty quickly, and I want this project to contribute to my happiness, not my stress.
I’m curious about how many of my accessories I actually wear and which ones I’m holding on to just in case, so I will be keeping track of which accessories I wear over the next three months. I thought about writing them down, but I think a more realistic option is to take a quick picture each day and then scroll through them at the end. I’ll group the items I wore and assess what I didn’t.
As far as shoes are concerned, I have five pairs that I know will probably be the only pairs I wear for the next three months.
I’m nervous about if I forgot anything, so I’m going to allow myself to rotate an item in if I need to, but only if it’s truly necessary and only if I rotate an item out, keeping my total at 33.
4 pairs of pants: mint jeans, blue jeans, khaki jeans, white jeans
2 skirts: hot pink and navy print
2 nice dresses: dove grey and mint
6 casual dresses: 1 chambray + 5 jersey in navy, grey, black, red, and purple
8 tops: white button-down, blue button-down, chambray button-down, red print tunic, blue print tunic, chambray tunic, white eyelet, cream eyelet
4 tees: white striped, navy long-sleeved, navy striped, white short-sleeved
2 tanks: striped and floral
4 light sweaters: 1 mint + 3 cardigans in pink, coral, and navy striped
1 pair of khaki shorts
Well, there’s my list! I’m excited to see how this pared-down wardrobe serves me over the next three months. Have you tried Project 333? Any advice for newcomers? You can even tell me what rules you break! ; )