When we moved into my dad’s house as a temporary home while we’re building, I knew we didn’t want to unpack everything only to have to repack it in several months. That made packing up our old house a little more challenging.
Would we need these items over the course of a year? What yarns and fiber would I keep out to knit? Would this be something we might want to replace in the new house?
There were a lot of questions to consider. One thing we knew for certain was that we wouldn’t be decorating at my dad’s, all pictures, knick knacks, sentimental items, collectibles, and other home décor were carefully packed for the long haul. Most of the kitchen items were packed to be unpacked. We also got rid of a lot of stuff that we didn’t want to move even once, much less twice. As we convert our library to Kindle books, the majority of our physical books were donated to the library. A lot of other home items we donated or gave to my mother-in-law to sell in a garage sale (and we don’t want the money – we just wanted the stuff to go away).
Even some clothing items were packed away with the intention of not unpacking them. Which leads me to this – Project 333.
I’m intrigued by this concept. Basically, you live with 33 items of clothing for 3 months, with some exceptions. I don’t think you count underwear, and if you wear a uniform or have some sort of specialty items, you might be able to exclude them. Some people count jewelry in their 33 items, others don’t.
Now, I’m a pretty simple person when it comes to my wardrobe, and the fact that I’ve got a lot of stuff packed away and I haven’t missed it says a lot. I expect to donate more clothes when we unpack at the new house. But basically, I wear black pants every day to work, and have multiples of identical tops, both long and short-sleeved, in black, red, and grey. That’s my uniform. If it’s chilly, I alternate one of two cardigan sweaters. With my fluctuating weight, I do have more clothes than I need, but as I lose weight, it’s much easier to say goodbye to those baggy jeans. I’ve got more than 33 items as far as my staples, but not by much.
The program also says you should count your shoes and purses in this total, as well as accessories. That’s where I have the problem, but that’s where I’ll choose to stray from the “rules.” First off, shoes. I’m nowhere near the shoe hoarder that I used to be, and I basically wear the same pair through the winter, and the same sandals through the summer. However, because I love those dressy Birkenstocks so much, I have a backup pair for when the first pair dies. This winter we actually had a winter, which was unusual, so instead of wearing my Birkenstock clogs every day, I got to wear my Earth ankle boots quite a few days. This was a treat, because I’ve gone a couple of years where I only wore them once during the season. However, they’re a necessity for those Polar Vortex sub-zero temperature days. Then there were the days the snow was too deep to take a chance with my suede boots, so I had to wear my actual snow boots. Again, not something I wear often, but I’m not going to get rid of them just to be within the random count of 33 items. It’s ok.
Purses? I read one blog post that said you only needed one. Again, it doesn’t take lifestyle into account. I don’t have as many as I used to, but I do love a good bag. But my heavier tote I use in the winter is not the best option for spring and summer, and if I’m flying somewhere, my bag is my carry on and that’s a whole other can of worms. Plus, I’m a knitter, so my bags have to accommodate my crafting as well as my daily needs.
Did I mention I’m a knitter? Um, yeah. My accessories alone total more than 33 items, and that’s ok. It’s my life. Enough said.
However, the rest of my wardrobe? I’m pretty sure I can pare it down even more, although I’ll be keeping a lot of my t-shirt collection. Eventually they’ll become part of a quilt, but for now, they’re still in rotation.
All in all, this has been a good exercise for me to work through in deciding if I really need something or just want it. I’m finding I actually need a whole lot less these days.