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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
i first read about project 333 months ago. at least 6 months. i was intrigued. the idea is to wear 33 items in your closet for 3 months. the rest gets packed away. every 3 months, you can take stock and trade a few things out as needed for seasons or color change. but, bottom line, you have 33 items to wear for 3 months at a time. check project 333 for a full set of rules........ underwear, work out wear, school or work uniforms are not included, but accessories are.
i finally decided to take the pledge. i thought i'd try it for lent, which started over a week ago...... but, i will do it for 3 months, not just through the 6 weeks of lent.
i started cleaning out my closet last night. the first round was easy. there was a nice pile of things that i pulled out of my closet for being out dated or too big or things i hadn't worn in 5 years. the project continued today........ and, it's getting harder.
i am sitting on the floor of my room as i write this, because i'm stuck. i can't seem to whittle it down to 33. shoes and jewelry and sunglasses and scarves and clothes. for 3 months. i'm trying to approach it as if i was going on a 3 month vacation...... how would i pack? so, i thought blogging about how hard this really is might clear my mind a little.......
here's where i'm at... i know i'll wear....
jean jacket (a "coley" signature piece) :)
jean mini skirt. i wear it almost every saturday.
brown boots. (to go with the mini. of course).
long grey cardigan.
black skirt (seems practical).
purse. i have a pretty little beaded "carpet" bag that i have been using daily for years. why change now?
red patent flats.
but, i still have at 50 things laying on my bed. i'm going to keep working............
ok, another 2 hours.......
i am acutely aware that i have emotions tied to certain pieces of clothes. a few obvious one's..... the outfit i wore on our anniversary date. the dress i wore to my brother's wedding. the sweater my mother-in-law knit for me........ but, there a lot of everyday pieces that don't have any deep meaning. yet, i sense a strange attachment (this doesn't include the guilt of getting rid of a piece that i know was a gift..... even if i don't wear or like it that much...... there is guilt...... i'm working on letting go of that.........).
the closer i got to the final 33, the harder it was to make a decision. hm. 3 months.
my final count......
strapless denim dress
turquoise a-line dress
denim mini skirt
mustard mini skirt
white short sleeve blouse
grey sleeveless shirt with black bow
grey/white striped short sleeve blouse
navy/white polka dot blouse
red/white striped long sleeve shirt
dark pink ruffle cardigan
light blue cashmere sweater
navy crop jacket
long grey cardigan
multi colored light weight scarf
dark pink cuff bracelet
metal flower ring
light blue/silver necklace
little bird gold necklace
beaded "carpet bag" purse
brown dansko clogs
red patent flats
dr.scholls flip flops (pink)
i am not going to pack up the rest of my closet. honestly, it's too much work. i did clean out a lot of things from my closet and i made a space for my 33. i promise to be honest and not stray from my designated pack. i will also post pictures in my flickr account of what i wear............but, i should note....... i do wear scrubs to work, so there won't be daily outfits.....