I’ve been having a nagging little voice in the back of my head tell me I can do better. I can let go of more. I’m still holding on to a sort of ‘comfort zone’ of items. Tonight I start training at a new second job, in addition to the scarce shifts of banquets I’m still doing here and there. This means, you guessed it, even less time out in the world in ‘real clothes’ and more time in uniforms.
I have just shy of 150 items right now. This is my comfortable max. I know that I could ditch at least 2 items in every category and not miss them. But I haven’t done it yet. I have the room. I don’t need to get rid of anything. But what’s the worst that would happen if I did? If I miss something I could certainly look for a similar replacement. Odds are, that won’t happen. Just working out my worst case scenarios here. Best case, is my closet is even more user friendly and the few times I don my ‘out in the world’ clothing I will feel my best. Not wearing ‘runners up’ just because they are there, and they mentally allow me to continue to save the ‘good’ stuff.
I made up a list of what I have starting off the year. Then I played with what a Project 333 closet would add up to if extrapolated for all 4 seasons, modeling the amounts per category on what I currently have with minor reductions in each. Then I further reduced to what I dubbed a Dozen wardrobe, meaning a dozen items in most categories, with half a dozen in some and two and a half dozen for the bigger, broad categories of shirts and shoes. I did a quick replacement rate figuring at the bottom of each.
I’m hoping to be at least to the P33 amounts by my 45th birthday in May. That gives me all winter and the start of spring to wear my cold weather items. If I’m not wearing them by then, I can comfortably pass on them. If I can keep the influx of new under control, this shouldn’t be too hard. Surely I can find a couple items in every category that are not really being utilized, or are past their prime. When I start to break out in a sweat I can remind myself that I am in work uniform 5 or more days a week. Realistically, that leaves me probably 3 outfits a week of regular clothing (say I go to lunch or shopping one day before work).
Again, I know I don’t have to get rid of any clothing. Nobody is keeping score but me. Maybe I do need a little project or challenge of some sort to keep me entertained. Or maybe it’s that, being totally honest with myself, I know I’m holding on to more than I really need or wear.
I do have the ‘project’ of trying to curtail my shopping to 30 or less items, and attempting a seasonal approach. But I’ve been slowly working on that for some years now. Time to get a bit more ruthless with what goes out. Not just what comes in. 🙂