A few years ago, after a 26 day trip traveling with less, I didn’t have a chance to create my capsule wardrobe for spring.
I could have beat myself up for falling behind, but instead, I smiled and remembered that even though I didn’t have it done, creating a capsule wardrobe is something I enjoy and look forward to. Instead of rushing it, I gave it the time and attention it deserved.
I included a pair of jeans, a black tank top, a scarf and a sweater, but I didn’t include the following 5 items, and I hope you won’t either.
You might not get this right the first time around and chances are, at the end of 3 months, you’ll see everything differently. Don’t worry about doing it right. This is a challenge, an experiment. And in 3 months, you can do it all over again.
My wardrobe won’t look like your wardrobe. You don’t have to wear all black, or a dress that you can use 5 different ways. You live in different seasons, different lifestyles and have different tastes in clothes. Make this project your own. If you watch the #project333 hashtag on Instagram, you’ll see that this is not a one size fits all challenge.
If you get started and the shoes you included aren’t working, swap them out. Just because you wrote your list on paper, doesn’t mean it’s set in stone. Be fierce, but flexible.
When you are boxing up your clothes, you might feel guilty for spending so much on things you don’t wear. What you should be feeling is proud that you are open to change. You should be feeling excited about a new challenge. Feel happy that your clothes may be going to someone who really needs them.
If you wear out your favorite pair of jeans, or a coat that you included becomes a little too snug, replace it. If you are unhappy with your selection, re-select. Use Project 333 as a way to learn about what you really need and want in your closet instead of a punishment. This should be fun and make your life easier. If you are suffering or struggling, change something or ask for help.
Leave those things out and make room for compassion, grace, laughter and lessons.