I was one of those kids who loved back to school shopping. I always felt the need to buy several items of clothing before school started, and loved wearing my new gear the very first days of the school year. Never mind that Fall usually hadn’t arrived by that time, and I would find myself in my new classroom in my new clothes and sweating up a storm because the weather hadn’t cooled yet.
While I’ve been reminiscing fondly about my school years these past weeks, I’m no longer shopping without a purpose or just to have new clothes in my closet. I’ve moved away from my old back-to-school shopping ways considerably, and I didn’t buy a single article of clothing for myself or my kids for the beginning of their school adventure this year. While I did buy a few items for the kids at a thrift store in my hometown this summer while I was on vacation, I didn’t go overboard like I did last year. I have just recently packed away my own summer wardrobe away for the winter, and as I do the same for the kids, I’m struck with how manageable all of our closets are becoming. I’d like to list the kids’ clothing and having them participate in Project 333 too, but I’ll save that post for another day.
So here’s what I’ll be wearing for the next three months:
- Wrap sweater – grey
- Bolero-style sweatshirt – grey
- Hoodie – grey
- Hoodie – grey, faux fur lined
- Cowl neck sweatshirt – pink
- Cowl neck sweatshirt – blue
- Cowl neck sweatshirt – black
- Plaid shirt – red and navy
- Long sleeved t-shirt – blue
- Long sleeved t-shirt – grey
- Long sleeved t-shirt – mulberry
- Long sleeved t-shirt – pink
- Long sleeved t-shirt – pattern
- Long sleeved t-shirt – blue
- Corduroy skirt – black
- Corduroy skirt – grey
- Sleeveless dress – black
- Short sleeved dress – black
- Formal dress – black
- Blue jeans, bootcut
- Blue jeans, straight leg
- Black jeans, skinny
- Turquoise jeans, skinny
- Lightweight jacket – army green
- Fall jacket – black
- Winter jacket – black
- Rain jacket – black
- Infinity scarf – purple
- Jersey knit scarf – turquoise
- Winter accessories – hat and gloves
- Slip on shoes – black
- Boots – brown
- Rain boots – black
Comfort definitely trumps style for a stay-at-home mom who likes to work out while the kids are at school, so my wardrobe reflects that. My wardrobe is casual, but so is my lifestyle, so these clothes are what works for me. I do have one formal dress that I keep on to my Project 333 list, even though it only gets broken out once a year (if that!). I’m not including my workout clothing, but I’ve limited those items to ten, including shoes. I’ve packed away all of my tank tops and summer dresses (I think there are about 20 of them – eek!) for when we go away this winter on a family vacation.
It feels great to have a small wardrobe, and to not have succumbed to the pressures of back to school shopping this year, both for myself and the kids. Stay tuned for a Project 333 post that takes a look at my kids tiny shared closet.
Have you heard of Project 333 and have you considered participating? Please share your experiences in the comments – I love to hear how others are paring down their closets and living successfully with less!