Did you do it? Did you read ahead and find out what today’s post was going to be? It’s ok if you did, it’s understandable! After all, it’s spring cleaning time, time to open the windows and blow off the dust, etc. etc… You know the drill. And for a lot of us, it’s our wardrobe that could really use a shake up.
We have weird seasons, here in southern Ontario. That is, we have of late, anyway. You know how you probably have 3 or 4 coats/jackets on the go at any given time? That basically sums up late winter-early spring around here. One day it’s -12, the next it’s +10, it’s so hard to dress seasonally when the seasons seem to be all over the map. This cartoon is so spot on it hurts:
Since spring is typically the season when we do a LOT of household purging, one of the best places to start is with our clothing. Most of us have a closetful of clothes, and yet, when we’re late for work or school, or we are invited someplace spontaneously, we’ll trot out that age-old lament “But I have nothing to wear!” Ah yes, it likely sounds familiar to a lot of readers.
If you’re feeling that you need to do some purging of clothes that you’re no longer loving, that are no longer fitting, that are just no longer you, why not take it one – or two – steps further, and commit to a capsule wardrobe for spring.
Now this is where those of you who read ahead will nod sagely in understanding. For everyone else, let’s break it down a little bit.
A capsule wardrobe isn’t exactly new, the idea has been around since the 1970s when London boutique owner Susie Faux coined the term. You can read a little bit about it here, thanks to Wikipedia.
More recently, Courtney Carver, who we met last week via the Be More With Less website, launched her popular Project 333 – which is, in a nutshell, committing to wearing just 33 things for a 3-month period.
Now, if you’ve ever stood in front of your closet wringing your hands and doing the nothing-to-wear performance, you might be curious as to how the heck having less clothes is going to make this scenario easier. But, the general vibe from a project like this is that you’re carefully curating a capsule wardrobe, so you’re being extremely mindful as to what items you’re going to include, and which will go into storage for the duration of the project.
Mindfulness is really the key. So often we hit the mall, fall in love with a dress, a pair of pants, a top, what have you. We purchase it, vowing to love it forever, only to come to realize that we really don’t have anything that goes with those pants. Or that this dress, which is lovely, is not at all practical. And the top, well, let’s be honest, it looked better in the store.
Instead of throwing together a haphazard wardrobe and hoping against all hope that we’ve got something to wear in the mornings, Project 333 ensures you do.
The best way to discover if this is something you’d like to do is to go through the site, read the articles, follow the tips, and even sign up for the Microcourse if you’re super keen! Spring is an excellent time to give this a try, especially if you’re already looking to simplify and purge, organize and clean. Imagine a neatly organized closet, and outfits that basically plan themselves. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
Think you can do it? If you do, let us know! Your blogger has done it once before, and thinks it might just be time to give it another go, so if you’re on board, and want some support, definitely drop us line or leave a comment! There’s strength in numbers, as they say.
Enjoy the rest of your week, friends. See you back here on Friday!