It’s interesting, I frequently help people to declutter and organise their wardrobe. I know the process and the common challenges and obstacles most people face.
I’m constantly editing my own wardrobe, a few pieces here and there, but recently when I began the Project 333 minimalist fashion challenge, I did a major overhaul and decluttered my own wardrobe down to around 33 items. Yep! I did that!
The process took me by surprise.
I personally had even more items in my wardrobe than I had even anticipated (somewhat amazing for someone who declutters for a living!). I donated 5 garbage bags of clothes.
It did help that I’ve put on a lot of weight and purely due to the Project 333 experiment it made it easier to say goodbye to some items of clothing that I ordinarily would have held onto saying “oh well, I only need to drop one dress size and it will fit again”. But no, I was strict on myself and knew realistically that if I did drop a dress size, I would not be heading to the tub of clothes that might fit me one day that I’d put in storage, I would be heading excitedly straight to the shops to buy new ‘this season’ items.
I was ruthless, I was brave and let go.
So now I have a capsule wardrobe, a really clear and defined wardrobe that consists of a little over 33 items of clothing. I have done the same with my daughter’s wardrobes. I left my husband’s wardrobe alone.
I was anticipating some positive changes in my personal wardrobe and hopefully a lot less laundry – but I truly underestimated how much time it would save me, nor did I anticipate how much easier it would be for my children.
You can read more about my success with the Project 333 experiment here.