One of my goals for the year is to consciously participate in Project 333. The main purpose of Project 333 is to have a complete wardrobe of only 33 items and to wear that wardrobe for a period of three months. You can learn more about Project 333 here.
When I embarked on the process of decluttering my home at the beginning of this year, my closet, and more specifically my wardrobe, was an area that needed a lot of attention. My closet housed over 200 pieces of clothing for myself alone and I wasn’t wearing most of them on a regular basis. There was maternity clothing that I had no plans to ever wear again, dress pants left over from a previous career in the corporate world, and a ton of stuff I had bought on sale but never really loved enough to wear with any frequency. The bulk of my wardrobe was filled with items that were purchased at deep, deep discounts. Over the past year, I’ve strived to develop an immunity to marketing that includes the words “SALE!” and “75% OFF!” because I’ve come to realize that what I really liked about things that were on sale was the price more than anything else. And when you get an item home and take the price tags off, if you don’t really love it what really was the point in buying it in the first place? I’ve tried to replace the high of shopping the sales with a contentedness around what I already have in my closet. I’ve got myself a list of basics that work really well with my current lifestyle (stay-at-home mother with two children) and that I feel are stylish enough for me to feel put together when I leave my home.
Here’s a short list of items that have become true staples in my cute little wardrobe:
- A pair of dark wash jeans
- A pair of black leggings
- A dress that can transition from summer to winter with some strategic layering
- A cardigan or wrap style sweater/sweatshirt
- A pair of black yoga pants
- A pair of really great boots
- A pair of comfortable yet stylish flats
Thankfully, I’ve found it’s easier to be content with less, and to appreciate more what I already have when I’m not constantly looking for the next big sale. Another bonus of being committed to maintaining a small wardrobe is that I’m not spending money (or time!) searching for the next elusive “perfect thing” to add to my wardrobe. Because, as my husband likes to say, the only way to truly save money is to not spend it in the first place.