I am adapting my rules to ensure success. That is, after all, the point of the exercise, right? Learn to live with less and continue working on evolving into a simpler, but more enjoyable life.
- No new clothing purchases. NONE at this point – if a pair of undies wear out – too bad, I have PLENTY. For every month that I succeed in no new clothing purchases, I get $100 to go into a fund towards purchasing some Kika Paprika clothing (http://www.kikapaprika.com/). I just found this yesterday and IT IS AMAZING! Its made in the USA, eco-friendly, gives back, and essentially is all the things that most corporations are not; which I am really digging right now. I only get to buy things at the end of the 90 day cycle(s).
- Its been said before, but 33 articles of clothing. Gymwear, work uniforms, pajamas, underwear and specialized “gear” (such as hiking pants that I only wear while hiking or fishing pants, etc.) do not count towards the 33.
- Continue “the purge”. I want everything to fit me well, be a good color for my complexion, and get things tailored finally. I have a lot of nice black business wear that I haven’t really worn, but bought “in case I need it” and “it was on sale”. I am boxing up all my black stuff and if I don’t have a need for it in six months, it is going to a local charity to help women enter the workforce.
- Work on really honing in style and lifestyle to find a balance. I tend to buy for the life I want to lead (socialite, business classic, etc.) rather than the life I live. I am a t-shirt, button up, jeans girl for the most part; so why fight it and buy suiting separates every time I see them on sale. I really only need ONE good suiting set (Jacket, pants, skirt, and dress). Maybe in the future, I can find one good set and get rid of all my other separates.
By the time I finish one cycle, I would like to pare down some more and do the TRUE Project 333 for a cycle. When I get back to buying items (in theory to fill some gaps in a small, great looking, but functional (for my life) wardrobe that makes me happy, I want to focus on buying USA made goods and higher quality things, I need to learn to really pay attention to the cost per wear. I might gulp when I see a higher price tag, but if I wear it more often – it actually costs less than the impulse buy Banana Republic Print shirt on the clearance rack for $9.99 that I wore once. After my husband said I looked like a 1970’s tile floor, it went into the purge pile ($9.99/wear). I have a really cute “sailor shirt” that I have worn three times since I bought it (http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/58620?feat=607-GN1&page=french-sailor-s-shirt-three-quarter-sleeve-boatneck). It was $35, but the cost per wear is $11.60 right now. It is part of my 33 items so it will definitely get another wear in the near future, which brings the price down to $8.75/wear. Terrible example, but the only one I could think of right exact prices right now. It is also really heavy gauge cotton and nicely dyed and sewed and will last quite a while. The print/colors/style are classic which means I can wear it in three years! I like it so much *guilty as charged*, I bought a teal and cream version a couple weeks ago!
Ok, I must go and watch the GREATEST QUARTERBACK EVER, Mr. Peyton Manning, play the first game of the season!