Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Robin of Frustrated Farm Girl.
I started Project 333 back in March, and I’ve been loving it. I love the simplicity. I love the uncluttered closet. But, I’m ready for the next step. My husband and I are ramping up to start a business. In order to focus more on the business and my family, I want to focus less on clothing. I’ve been so inspired by Project 333, along with Kristy Powell over at One Dress Protest. With this in mind, I’ve decided to dress out of a 36 piece wardrobe from September 1, 2011, through September 1, 2012. I’m calling it 36/365.
Let me back up and say that I haven’t been 100% true to the Project 333 tenets. I’m usually a fairly structured person, but I was sort of lax with Project 333. Because I was lax, my closet no longer has that spare, airy feel that it had when I started Project 333. So, I’m revisiting the simplification of my wardrobe.
My achilles heel has been my love for thrift stores. There are 3 within walking distance of my house. As I’ve purchase items from thrift stores, I’ve tossed other items in my wardrobe. But, my current wardrobe is hovering around 40 items.
I live in Menlo Park, California, which is about 30 minutes south of San Francisco. The weather on the peninsula where I live is mild year round. Over the last year, I’ve cut my wardrobe in half. But, there are some areas that aren’t working:
- I’m still shopping. Still thinking about my minimalist wardrobe and what I can buy to make it work better. I’m tired of occupying mental space with shopping.
- I think about my clothing more than I want to. I keep problem solving on how to make my wardrobe work better instead of just getting dressed each morning and moving on with it already.
- When I first started Project 333, I could feel my shoulders drop every time I looked in my closet. I loved the neatness and the empty space. Right now, I feel stressed each time I look in my closet. I’m ready for my shoulders to drop again.
Like Project 333, 36/365 is not an exercise in deprivation. There is so much that I hope to gain from this experiment. I don’t want to worry about my clothing over the next year. I want to spend my creative energy on my family and on starting a sustainable business, not on worrying about what I’m going to wear. I want to not shop. I want to look into my closet each morning, pick out any two items, put them on and have them match. I would love to have others journey with me, which is why I’m starting the 36/365 blog. Hope to see you there!
Read more from Robin at Frustrated Farm Girl. If you are interested in writing about your experience with Project 333, please send me a note.