Back at the beginning of October I thought it would be a fine thing to join in Project 333, a de-cluttering project set up by bemorewithless, a rather wonderful and informative 'minimalist-lifestyle' website. Backing up a bit, it is no suprise I found out about it via thegardenerscottage blog, a blog I have come to seriously cherish for the way it inspires me to think about the way I live, and make me laugh in equal measure, an unusual and lovely combination.
My wardrobe really, truly needed big help - stuffed as it was full to bursting with mainly fairly old and uninspiring clothes - the result of the inability to resist a bargain or clear out to the thrift shops on a regular basis. Lots of white t-shirts gone slightly grey, bobbley jumpers and cheapish denim, really only fit for gardening and dogwalks. There were a few pretty dresses and drapey jersey items in the mix, but really it was time to rethink and rationalise. Deep breath.
So the Project 333 rules: From October to January, wardrobe to include 33 items total including all accessories but not including underwear, sleepwear and sportswear. Yikes! I went on a little shopping trip when I took stock of the dire state of my winter clothes, sorted the rest, filled bags for the loft and charity shop and was left with,
2 pairs blue jeans, one skinny, one bootleg
1 pair black smarter jeans
1 just above the knee denim skirt
smart black, puffy skirt
long, flowing taupe skirt
2 smart black tops
smart taupe silk shirt
long beige cardi
2 longsleeved, drapey-necked tops in grey and taupe
2 longsleeved white t-shirts
asymmetric black knit waistcoat
3/4 length black trousers
2 casual boots -black and brown pairs
Smart black high heeled suede boots
black leather jacket
fake fur gilet
smart teal coat
white jersey scarf
stripey teal scarf
teal wool hat
one grey crystal bracelet
It was so hard taking decent photos of the clothes, and the photographic evidence of me wearing them was simply alarming since my waist seems to have taken a far-away holiday! Anyhow, here are a few of the items to give you a vague idea of what I chose to keep. Not too many, I don't want you to actually expire from boredom, dear reader!!
The result? A deliciously half empty, spacious wardrobe, drawers that slide open without heaving and squishing the clothes therein, and a for the first time ever, a sense of being rather grown-up and well-ordered and well, practically Parisian! The novelty is huge, the speed at which I get dressed in the morning like lightening and the huge surprise is the pleasure to be had from having a carefully planned group of clothes that all actually go together!
I must make a confession though, I cannot find it in my heart to deny myself so entirely on the jewellery front, partly I need to try out the pieces I make, and also because, you know, a girl has got to have fun! I don't want this to get dreary, it is november after all, and jewellery perks up an outfit, so there!
However, I am liking this so much, I have my sights set on the shameful shelves of cosmetics/skincare etc, handbag (eeek!) and kitchen cupboards...bring it on!