I’ve been keeping an Excel spreadsheet of everything sartorial that I own, marking off how many times I wear each item, since about mid-February. I decided at New Year’s that my motives for buying new clothes and accessories have become increasingly suspect, and wanted to see what would happen if I swapped my regular spins through Marshall’s for a daily seat on the meditation cushion.
So far, so good. I haven’t bought anything new since January 1, and I actually decided this week to donate one pair of shoes and trash another (which I had loved all up, I promise). Originally, the plan was not to discard of anything until my birthday in December, but the numbers don’t lie. Keeping track of what I actually wear in cold, hard data makes it tough to justify keeping something with a big fat zero in the “times worn” column.
Today I came across this: Project 333. Dress with only 33 pieces for 3 months. How about 33 pieces until you’re 33? Too perfect, right?
I am tempted to jump on her bandwagon, but also feel a little stupid for not having come up with the idea of charging people $15 a pop to receive some motivational material re: wardrobe simplifying myself. Thus, torn on whether or not I should fork over the cash. But I do love the idea of trimming the closet now instead of later.
Things I have learned in Q1 of this experiment:
- Activewear is the number one thing I wear the most of. (Yes, I work from home. No, that is not a good reason for this to be the case.)
- All my t-shirts are either uncomfortably large, uncomfortably small, and/or have company logos on them.
- All my pants are hipsters, since that’s what’s been in style for the last 10 years. Turns out, I should be wearing high-waisted pants a la mid-20th century. (Long torso, short legs.)
Tiny waist and a round thing in your face . . . oh wait.
- The reason the only high heels I wear are boots or lace-ups is because I have been buying my shoes in the wrong size pretty much this whole time.
I’ll be blogging about this moving forward, especially now that spring is (technically) here and wardrobe options get more interesting as a result. You can see my inspirations, clean-outs, and stylings on my Pinterest page.
Vive le simple!