No shopping. You pack away all the rest of your clothing and see what it feels like to dress with less. #project333
My closet looks so empty now. You can see my initial video on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/balancedforlifeyoga/
Most of my clothes now hang in just a tenth of the space that I needed before. I do feel resistance to this project coming up almost daily. An urge to just get what I want out of the other room. This is interesting to see. I have to keep telling myself to STOP, you are going to see this through. It’s just 3 months. It’s funny. Even though the resistance is there, I have learned a lot already from the experiment.
1. The term “Dirty clothes” is relative. When you have only 33 items to wear, for example a sweater or the only pair of jeans that as part of your 33 items, you choose to NOT as quickly throw them into the laundry basket. I have been hanging those items up and really thinking about if they are truly dirty or not. This will probably improve the life of my garments and also help with decreasing the amount of laundry I am doing each week.
2. Colorful Clothing make me and others happy. I had to choose more practical choices for my 33 clothing items. Things that went with each other. I initially had a pair of jeans that just went with one t-shirt and it just didn’t work out. I had to exchange them for a plain pair that worked with all the shirts I had. People comment on my colorful yoga tights and it’s fun. I kinda miss that 1 pair of jeans that has 1 shirt that goes with it because what I wear does change how I feel.
3. Comfort matters. So realizing I needed a more practical pair of jeans and picking a dark blue pair, after 12 hours I realized these were not comfortable enough to wear for the next 3 months. So I donated them. I think this exercise will make me pay more attention to those things that just don’t fit me anymore either in style or shape for my body as it is now..
4. There are things I picked that I love but need to be replaced. 2 of my long sleeved shirts that are in my 33 have holes in them. That’s 6% of my wardrobe at the moment. You might not notice, but I have. I just love the shirts so much that I am resistant to getting rid of them or replacing them. It feels good to love your clothes so much you wear them out. (But here is some resistance as well.)
5. I have a lot more time. With fewer choices, I have more time in the evening and morning when it comes time to decide what to wear. And I am doing less laundry.
6. After 2 weeks, there are still items I have not worn. The weather has been all over the place here in PA. So some of the items are more autumn type clothes like long sleeved shirts. One is a short sleeved shirt with a lot of Bling. Might not be as comfortable as I thought.
7. You pay more attention to where your stuff is. Owning a yoga studio, people leave things all the time and forget about them, even jackets. I am less likely to forget something somewhere because I will actually miss it, since I have less things to use and wear. So maybe that is giving me a whole new appreciation for what I have.
So those have been my discoveries in the last 2 weeks. I can’t wait to see what I discover in the next 2 ½ months. In case you were curious, I had 220 total items including my shirts, pants, lounge wear, shoes, wraps, outerwear, boots,belts, everything, but underwear and jewelry.
Do you think this is a crazy experiment? Would you ever give this a try? Share with me below and let me know your thoughts.