My post about Project 333 has been one of my most popular to date. I have been meaning to give an update of the 33 pieces I have chosen for April-June, but at two weeks into the second phase I am having a hard time keeping a consistent number of items. Amazingly, I have donated or put away for future seasons no less than eight of the pieces I originally selected! I've replaced some of these with either new pieces or other items from my off-season storage bin, but as of today I have 3 empty slots on my list.
It was harder this time around to decide what items to keep and which to remove, as well, since last time I was starting in the middle of the project and had already been wearing many of the clothes I kept on my list. I only had to choose which clothes to keep for the next 6 weeks, not the next 3 months. I agree with the experience of many participants who report that in the weeks before and after the change in phases, one thinks more (indeed, almost thinks obsessively) about one's clothing than during any other time in the project.
I hoped to have photographs of this phase to share by this time, but I want to wait until I have settled on my 33 things! At this point, I'm not sure whether to just go forward with 30 items, add items from my off-season bin, or use this as an excuse to buy new stuff! The main question I have is: what (if any) function in my wardrobe did those 4 items serve? Once I figure that out I'll know how to replace them, or (shockingly) if I even need to replace them at all.
This process of elimination really highlights the true value of joining Project 333. After selecting my 33 items, and beginning to put them into rotation on a daily basis, I was very quickly able to evaluate if the item was worth keeping and wearing for the next 3 months. Each of the things I cut from my list had a specific problem that I knew would bug me for the rest of this phase of the project. In the past, I would just remove the offending item and place it back in my closet, as though the problem wouldn't be an issue the next time I tried to wear it. Sometimes that makes sense, like in the case of a dress that is too heavy for spring but might be good for fall. But instead of ignoring real problems, like clothes that don't fit and aren't worth getting tailored, I was able to permanently remove these items from my wardrobe and save the stress of having to deal with the same problem over and over again. That is the whole point of the project for me - simplify my wardrobe so I spend less time and energy on it overall.
Although I don't have photos yet, here is my still-in-process list for Phase 2, April-June. Items in bold are ones that I kept in my wardrobe from the first phase (January-March). Items that were removed after the project started are
coral chandelier earringsbroke (silver hoop earrings) paper bead necklacepretty, but uncomfortable to wear silver filigree hoop earringstoo heavy (turquoise and coral hoop earrings)
- abalone necklace
- turquoise scarf
- floral scarf
- sun hat
denim jackettoo tight across the shoulders
- skinny blue jeans
- tan cords
- black long skirt
- dk blue denim skirt
- green ss tee
- coral ss tee
- lt grey ss tee
- tan ss tee
- tan white stripe knit sweater
- tan open weave knit sweater
- tan wool cardigan
- tan cotton cardigan
coral cardiganneed different type of sweater (coral crop sweater)
- navy cardigan
grey sheath dressnot comfortable for spring, save for fall
- black dress
navy white scallop dressfabric doesn't wear well (Sessions jacket)
- denim tank dress
grey Converseworn out (light blue Converse)
- cork mary jane shoes
- black sandals
- black flip-flops