Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Sarah Fertig of Sundays in the Storage Unit.
When I found the 333 project, I jumped in with both feet. I already had a “uniform” of sorts – I knew which clothes were my favorites and I was confident I could navigate the fluctuations in Michigan’s weather within the confines of the project. My 3 months also included a 10 day trip to Israel, during which I took 2 pairs of shoes and packed everything I needed in a backpack.
When I got home, my 3 months were over and I decided to apply my own system. I figured out along the way that all my clothing needs fit into one of four categories. Those categories were
- Hot Weather and Casual
- Cold Weather and Casual
- Hot Weather and Dressy
- Cold Weather and Dressy
I made a grid and started filling it in with the least number of pieces possible that fulfilled every need I could imagine.
I didn’t include underwear or socks, or things that I use as underwear such as tank tops, bike shorts and leggings. I also didn’t include my swim suit/swim skirt, or my pajamas. And at the last-minute, as I was boxing up everything that didn’t make the list, my boyfriend made a compelling argument for a black sundress and a denim jacket. So grid items + sundress and jean jacket = 24 items.
I’ve been working my grid for over a month now with no regrets. I also know that I could probably reduce my 5 t-shirts to 3, and remove one reversible skirt and be no worse off. I’m confidant that I would be properly attired in any setting I’m likely to face in my life, and I’ve already tested this at a recent funeral.
What motivates me to keep simplifying and keep reducing when I hear the siren song of shopping calling to me is the very real experience I’ve had in the last 3 years cleaning out my deceased father’s storage unit. I’ve realized that the promises of security and abundance made by advertisements are false and hollow. Having all of my father’s stuff didn’t make me feel secure, it made me feel burdened. And I’m very motivated to make sure that no one is ever put in that position with my belongings.
Read more from Sarah at her blog, Sundays in the Storage Unit.
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