So, a few other bloggers recently have been talking about paring down their wardrobe. This is similar to how I have been paring down the amount of groceries in my kitchen -- being more aware of what you own, using what you have, and just buying things when you run out.
Boomer & Echo had a great post about "How many clothes do you need anyway?" and one of the comments mentioned Project 333. I remember reading about this on The Saved Quarter, where she has now pared down her wardrobe and her makeup.
But what is Project 333? I did some hunting around (even the website makes it kind of hard to figure out) but what it is, is a challenge where for 3 months, you wear only 33 items of clothes. I don't mean you wear them simultaneously, but it's that you go through your wardrobe (including shoes and accessories), pick out 33 things that you like best and which are most useful, and then pack all the rest away in a box (she even advises you tape the box shut).
|Note: you are not supposed to wear all 33 items at the same time.|
This is to make people aware of how many clothes they have that they don't wear (and hence don't need) and also it makes your whole wardrobe look better, because the only things you are wearing are the clothes that look best on you.
The woman who designed the challenge mentions at several points that this is not a challenge about suffering, and that if you suddenly lose/gain weight or the weather suddenly changes, you don't have to keep wearing ill-fitting or inappropriate clothes, just to stick with the challenge. They also give you a lot of lee-way, as pajamas, underwear, and workout clothes don't count towards the 33 items.
I did a similar challenge a few years ago, where I challenged myself to wear something different from my closet every day for a month. This got me more aware of what I owned, and made me realize which things didn't fit and that I should just get rid of.
Especially because my friend is holding a clothes swap in a few weeks, I think I might try paring down my wardrobe in this manner. If you haven't noticed, I really like challenges.