Empty hangers – casualties of wardrobe downsizing.
Three whole months have passed since I removed most of my wardrobe and started wearing 33 items of clothing, shoes and accessories. (Here’s how I did it and what my wardrobe looked like.)
I want to share the results of my little experiment and what I’ll be doing next.
What I Gained from Downsizing my Wardrobe
- I could unsubscribe from every single deal site since I wasn’t looking to add anything to my wardrobe (or Gabe’s).
- I realized how many of my clothes do not fit me well, are not functional, and generally just aren’t a good fit for my lifestyle. It was easier to donate clothes when I had the criteria: must love it.
- I don’t compare my clothes with others; I’m just not interested in entering that race.
- A ton of empty space on my closet bar.
- A healthy annoyance with HGTV’s obsession with gigantic walk-in closets. (“You have too many clothes!” I shout at the TV.)
- Organizing tools like this scarf and belt holder look pathetically empty now.
- As I mentioned before - getting dressed is a cinch, I do less laundry, and our room stays neater.
- I don’t go to Target and walk through the clothing section wondering, “What do I need?” In fact, I haven’t bought any clothes for the past three months. (I did take part in a clothing swap which was fantastic!)
- Shopping is not recreation for me. Not that I was ever much of a shopper (aside from my adolescent years – “Let’s go to the mall!”), but I had even less desire.
- Going through the stored clothing at the end of the project gave me perspective – a bit of distance from clothing I’ve had for ages resulted in a new appreciation for what I loved and realizations that certain clothes are just not happening. I was less attached to clothing and more able to toss it.
What Happens Next
Well, it’s over now. Does that mean I’m going to get the four huge trash bags and two boxes full of clothes from the top of my closet and put it all back in my closet?
Nope. Never, ever again will I have that many clothes in my closet all at once. Ever.
Moving forward, I decided a new model of small wardrobe rotation would work for me: 33 items of clothing, shoes, and accessories every two months. I won’t be counting my jewelry, which is a rather small collection anyhow at 11 items. It just doesn’t clutter my closet like shoes and clothes do. And two months seems like it will work better than three – the weather changes a great deal in three months here.
I moved some of the clothes out and swapped in more dresses, skirts, and tank tops for the next few summer months:
When I swapped my last wardrobe out with this one, I got rid of a laundry basket full of clothing. I imagine that after a year or so of doing this, I’ll be left with only clothes that I truly love – both in my clothes and those waiting for their turn in my closet.
Also, it makes me realize how many freaking clothes I have. I mean, really.
I’m so glad I did Project 333. It had certainly changed the way I think about clothes and my wardrobe.
I left the room and came back to this.
With fewer choices families have the freedom to appreciate things—and one another—more deeply. – Simplicity Parenting