It’s almost six months since I started Project 333, and it’s still going strong. I’m into my summer ‘wardrobe’ just now, which mostly consists of dresses that I can’t wear because its either (a) too windy, (b) about minus a million degrees outside, or (c) both. So I may need to rethink that.
But, dress error aside, its been going well and I’ve managed to stick to it. Nothing has sneaked in, and I haven’t been chopping and changing things in my chosen 33, which I had expected I would.
I love having less choice. It makes getting ready so much easier as there’s limited combinations. But at the same time I’ve tried combinations that I otherwise would never have considered, so I’m not stuck wearing the same thing over and over again.
And I’ve realized I don’t really give much of a toss about clothes – as long as what I have more or less fits into my general style and I like wearing it, that’s that. There are a few things that I’ve not worn, either because I’m not that keen on them or they don’t go with anything else. My plan is to remove anything I’ve not worn, or barely worn, at the end of the year, or at least consider whether its worth keeping something that I haven’t worn in twelve months.
I’ve learned I could pretty much get rid of most of my jewellery and accessories. I’ve stopped including them in my 33 now, and if I want to wear something, I will. I think I’ve worn jewellery on average once a month this year. That’s it.
I’m also looking after my clothes much better, and I’ve hardly bought anything new. I’m not a big clothes buyer anyway, but apart from a couple of replacement pairs of jeans at the start of the year, all I’ve bought is decent pyjamas and five tops from charity shops (three of which ended up being re-donated to said shop as I realized I didn’t like them as much as I thought). I only tend to buy clothes when I’m either bored of what I have, or if I think there’s a gap. But doing Project 333 blatantly shows up where the gaps are – and there’s none. It also means that once I get bored of something, I can put it away for 3 months and start wearing something I haven’t worn for 3 months. Easy.
I guess it would be harder for habitual clothes buyers, but I still recommend giving it a go. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it going after the year is up – I might tweak it slightly and continue to do something similar. It’s a project that could become a habit for life, or it could simply be a means of reassessing how you view your clothes. At the moment, for me, its the latter but that might change over time. There’s still six months to go!
Anyone else doing/done Project 333? How did you find it?