I had never heard of the Six or Less Items experiment until Jezebel posted an article about it and was somewhat intrigued but didn't really see the purpose of it. Then I started unpacking from New York. Omigod. I packed so much unnecessary stuff for just 3 days. It was kind of embarrassing. Packing to go home for break was the same story. I packed so much clothing and ended up not wearing a lot of it. I just feel like my wardrobe and the time I spend thinking about clothes has gotten a little out of control. I decided to simplify simplify simplify and give a project limiting my choice of clothing a shot. However, I had to make some modifications in order for it to fit my life.
For the month of February I will be limiting my wardrobe to ten items. I can't do just six--between not having time for laundry and fear of wearing out my favorite/most utilitarian items of clothing, I just can't. Also, technically the same item in different colors is supposed to count as separate items, but I have a skirt from Forever 21 in black/gray and navy/red and I'm counting it as one item. Deal with it.
My goals for the project are:
- simplify my closet. Get rid of clothes I do not wear or need
- dress more creatively. I don't wear half of my jewelry because I am lazy (accessories don't count as part of the 10 items) maybe by the fourth time I wear a shirt in two weeks I'll be inspired to spice it up
- ease up on my compulsive shopping. spend money (and time!) on more important things. a "shopping diet" if you will
- focus less on consuming
- I've always admired the somewhat European concept of having a small wardrobe filled with well made classics that you wear all the time. This is a step towards that
So here is what I will be wearing for the next 30 days:
I'm going to try to take pictures and document the whole process, but we will see how this goes.
wish me luck!
a more extreme version: http://www.theuniformproject.com/