I’ve been thinking for a few months that my closet has gotten out of control. The beginning of a new year seems like an appropriate time to embark on a new project to reduce the number of items in my closet. I obviously have the staples
- oxford-cloth button downs (white (two), blue (one), gray (one))
- crisp dress shirt (white (two))
- dark, slim denim (fourteen)
- khakis (three)
- dark brown brogue lace-ups
- single-breasted navy blazer
- one charcoal gray suit
- white T-shirts (two)
and some would say too many of the staples. One might guess that I am above the 33 items that Project 333 would require:
- When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
- What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
- What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
- How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
- What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.
For my project I will embrace the spirit of Project 333 and minimalism by getting rid of the items that I have not worn in the last year and then tracking how often I am wearing other items. This is more in line with Effortless Gent’s Lean Wardrobe idea. I know it will be tough to reduce my closet as I have a number of items that I’ve had custom-made, a number of rare denims, and a number of vintage items I’ve inherited from my father-in-law.
Here is what I am starting with after weeding out a bunch of things: