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.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m not going to be buying any clothing for my children this year. They have enough, more than enough, and my oldest is also getting to an age where clothing fits him longer than a season or two. My boys are three years apart in age, but I see a time in the not-so-distant future when they will be very close in size and might even be able to share some of their clothes. Wouldn’t that be a boon in the minimalist wardrobe department? In an effort to stay true to the spirit of buying no more clothing for my kids, I’ve created my own version of a family closet. Since I am using only about one third of my own closet space in my bedroom walk-in-closet, I’ve used the remaining space to hang all of my kids clothing that is either out of season or too large for them at this time. I am a very visual person and so instead of having any extra clothing tucked away in storage where I can’t see it, it’s all out in plain sight and is a good reminder for me to shop in the closet if there’s something they need.
Here’s what I’m aiming for in terms of wardrobe size for each of my children (ages 6 and 3):
- 7 shirts, including at least one dress shirt
- 5 pair of pants or shorts (depending on the season), including at least one pair of bottoms that can be worn for dressier occasions
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 sweater
- 6 pair of socks
- 6 pair of underwear
- 1 pair of well-made runners or hikers
- 1 pair of rain boots
- 1 pair of sandals / flip flops
- 1 swim outfit – 1 pair of swim trunks, 1 UV swim shirt and 1 pair of swim shoes
- 1 jacket, either a winter or lightweight coat depending on the season
- 1 baseball cap
- 1 summer hat
I’m finally in a place where I am happier to NOT shop for my kids than I am to spend money on cute clothing that no one appreciates but me. Paring down on their clothing has already resulted in less clothing being strewn around their room, and has made choosing what to wear for the day easier on my youngest, as there are simply less choices now that there is less clothing to choose from. And what could be more enjoyable that NOT having to listen to a three year old whine about too many choices? Not much, I say.