A vital insight simply by writing out my 33 items
Paring down on stuff to experience more life has been a theme on my mind recently.
Having so much stuff has made me feel a bit overwhelmed and dissatisfied with my clutter. I don’t feel great about having it, I don’t wear most of it, and I know I don’t need most of it. Much of it falls into the category of ‘I’ll wear it one day.” Well, today is that day.
My eyes are opened and mind much more clear. I’m armed with the quote:
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris
And ready to act on Marie Kondo’s wisdom:
The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.”
This life clearing, energy opening, future welcoming revelation is thanks to the insight that the Project 333 challenge gave me… without even embarking upon it!
Which I’ll explain in a moment…
If clothes really aren’t my style any more… ADIEU!
If they are way smaller than a size UK12 (which is my natural fit size…) ADIEU!
(Anyways, I love slightly loose clothing, so even if I were to by some freak chance of nature shrink smaller than UK12, I’m still an accessoriser who loves the look of loose blouses cinched with a fabulous belt.)
If they’re a ‘maybe….’ ADIEU!
See : ‘Maybe… I’ll wear this one day / this would look great with / I could try this style…’
And all those shoes, when I really only wear three pairs… ADIEU!
Okay, so I’m not going to throw away everything in a wild fit of minimalist madness.
But I did realise something valuable by reading about the Project 333 challenge, where you have 33 outfits for 3 months. Just for fun I wrote out what my 33 items would be, and was very surprised by the result!
The first thing my Dearest Beloved said when I explained the 333 Challenge was :
Wow, 33 items? You don’t wear anywhere near 33 items.
Which is pretty amazing considering I must own ten times that amount of stuff.
And he’s right- I don’t even wear the 33. Maybe regularly 3 pairs of shoes, three bags, two bottoms (leggings & trouser), three V neck long sleeve tees, a sweetheart top, 3 print tees and a load of accessories. (Totalling… 15 without accessories. Wowza.)
Quelle surprise! But did I deep down already know?
When I’m in my fit zone later this year, I expect that number will spike due to fitting into my old clothes again – but not by much. Black and white shorts, ballet flats and 3/4 sleeve chiffon blouses will be about all that’s added to my daily wear routine! (With a quite a few hats, fancy pieces (Cavalli Cavalli Cavalli) for dressing up, and of course my Loewe Amazona baggies.)
But for the daytime, I realise I’m much more of a ‘uniform‘ kind of person; wearing a basic base of clothing and layering accessories for my personal style statement. It changes for cold weather, but the basics are pretty similar – adding a daily jacket, oversized jumper, turtlenecks, thermal underwear, gloves and hats. See? Even then I’m not at 33 items!
And that’s the big reveal!
It’s okay to be the style that we are, not the style that brands and advertisements and society want us to be – whether we’re a ‘uniform’ style type, or minimalist, or wear only black.
I realise I’ve always had this style type, I’ve just never been extremely intentional about truly, fully embracing it as a lifestyle.
Thank you so much to Project 333 for showing me that I’ve been trying subconsciously to buy and be what I’m not!
I’m not the green trouser girl, or the low cut blouse chick, or the unusual cut fashionista… I’m the slim fit black trouser, simple tops with gorgeous necklines girl, who can wear white and never get a smudge on it; who can layer scarves and jewellery to create a load of outfits that suit my colour mood; who can wear all black and gold and look elegant and effortless.
So three cheers to Project 333 for showing me this! I didn’t even have to do the challenge to get positive results from it. And I’m thrilled. It’s helped me to wake up to accepting how I am and let go of all that I’m not. The actions are now much easier.
It’s a journey I’m just starting, but for the first time in years (ever?) I have a very clear path of what’s blissfully me and what’s not. And anything that’s ‘wannabe me’ is outta here!
It’s either completely perfectly wonderfully me, or in the donate pile!
Let’s do this!
And in a kooky side note, I’m completely obsessed with periwinkle blue right now and find it a happy coincidence that the Project 333 website colour is exactly that! *SmallCoincidences
I shall write more about my journey as it progresses, and keep it in the Fashion & Finances section because I feel that the two areas are inexorably linked. If there’s a lot of clutter in our life, chances are there’s some mess in our finances too, because both take courage and responsibility to tend to on a daily basis. And a good strategy. Always a good strategy.