If anyone was wondering how Project 333 ended up, I'm here to report my experience with it. I'm afraid it might be a little anti-climatic though because it wasn't a very earth shaking experiment to me. I just want to highlight a few points that I learned during the three months.
The most helpful exercise was putting away all the other clothes that I wasn't going to wear. In doing this, I noticed that I needed a lot of storage space to do so. I thought I didn't have that many clothes to begin with, but apparently I was wrong. Clothes can hang there and be invisible to me if I don't wear them. They really are wasted space, hanging and stored. After the project I felt a renewed vigor for cleaning out those things, which is a great benefit! I opened my eyes to the excess.
For the first two months I was breezing along wearing mostly summer clothes, but when winter hit, I stumbled a bit. I had saved some of my 33 items to add in winter clothes, but I found that I got bored very quickly. If I were doing this on my own rules, I would do less clothes each season, but change them out after the weather changes. The majority of my shirts were summer because I live in Houston and I was very limited with sweaters. I managed through until we went home for Christmas and I got a couple of new things while I was there.
The jewelry, shoes and coat limitations didn't bother me at all, except I felt that I was neglecting some pretty things that I could have been wearing. It actually felt a little wasteful to me not to wear them.
Not shopping had an interesting effect in my mind. On one hand I was happy to not be looking for anything, but at the same time I missed not being in the pursuit of something. It felt like I was letting go of a task that kept me entertained to a degree. It's not like I'm a huge shopper, but I find it fun to browse online or be hunting for the perfect something or another.
Having lived in NC, I am four seasons kind of girl. I religiously change out clothes for each season. Since going through this challenge, I realized how nice it would be to have a year round wardrobe. I'm not sure that I will do this, but I feel that the key is to have so little that your closet still doesn't look crammed with all your clothes. Giving up this ritual would be a little strange for me though so the idea is there but still in the back of my mind.
Overall, I do think that this is a beneficial experiment for learning how much you really need in your wardrobe. Even though it sounds extreme, 33 items is really quite sufficient for a season of clothes. Haven't you secretly wanted your closet to look like those at the Container Store? I have and this was my chance!
Image from Container Store.