Hi, my name is AJC and I have a shopping habit and overflowing closet. It was getting a little bit out of hand, so I decided to attempt some simplification. I was inspired by Project 333 and on December 31sth, 2010 I narrowed down my clothes to about 88 items. I know, 88 is not quite 33, but 88 was way down from about 555.
Anyway, I did it for about 10 days and I was ready for more stripping down. I have purged it even further and yes, I now have about 33 items in my closet, more or less. I boxed the rest or moved it to my other closets, so they are out of sight. I am not counting shoes, jewelry and accessories, I wasn't into punishing myself, I was just curious how this project will work for me. It turned out to be easier than I thought. For the rest of January I selected only from 33 items in my closet, but since they were all my favorites, I was always happy with my outfits.
I also did not shop much. I received some items than I ordered in December and I bought few things, but nowhere near what I used to buy. Somehow, having a small closet made me protective of that space and I was really scrutinizing any potential 'intruders'.
On the top of that, I made a list of items I wanted to buy this year including prices that I am willing to pay. I folded it and put it in my wallet. I tend to forget what was there, obviously they are not true 'needs' , so whenever I was tempted by something, I would check it against the list.
My biggest fear was that I will be bored with my selection. Am I? Not really. I do miss some of my clothes and I intend to get re-united with them. But the joy of not being held prisoner of never-ending shopping quest is greater.
I am not sure if this will last and I don't want to read too much into it. Definitely I do not want to replace one obsession with another. I feel like I am on a journey and I will see where it will get me. Hope some of you will come along.