I’m quite embarrassed at how long it has been since I have written, but life happens, and I hope to post about what happened soon. In the meantime, I’d like to follow up on my last post about project 333. All in all my experiment was a success. I always had something to wear, and even found a new favorite outfit that I never would have considered putting together if I hadn’t had so few clothes to choose from. I did find the number of earrings (2) and pairs of shoes (4) a little restrictive, especially since I don’t have that many earrings or shoes anyway and wanted to wear all of them.
My best takeaway from the experiment can be done without even jumping all in to project 333, and now is a great time of year to do it!
- Turn all of the hangers in your closet around.
- As you wear things, replace them with the hangers turned the right way.
- In a few months, you will be able to see quickly what you really wear.
Fall 2016 I had to empty my closet for a floor demo/installation. When I put my clothes back, I turned all of the hangers backward. The only things I did not include were a few dressy clothes I keep for when I need them. A few months later, I looked to see what was still turned around, meaning I did not wear it:
- a pair of jeans
- a workout shirt
- two sweaters
- three nightgowns
Now I know what to get rid of, or think very hard about before deciding to keep.
One more benefit to turning hangers around. It may be cheating or defeating the purpose, but I take a look at what items are on backwards hangers when deciding what to wear. Sometimes I even make a rule that I have to wear something that is turned backwards. This works pretty well for me since I have already minimized my clothing. Supposedly we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, and focusing on the hangers meant that I wore over 90% of my clothes at least once in the last 3 months.