Well, week 2 is finally over, and it was a little harder than week 1. I didn’t break the rules, but I also didn’t take pictures every day, or find it as enjoyable this week. In fact, it was a little more stressful. There were a few times I was in a hurry, and I sort of panicked as I looked at my tiny chunk of options. I would have loved to go to my dresser and grab a sweater, but I couldn’t. Also, I’m having to do laundry a lot more often. I don’t have as much of it to do, but I’m having to do it more often, because if I don’t I’ll run out of things to wear! Maybe I just didn’t do a great job at picking out my 33 items. There are some I’m wearing a lot more than others–there’s even some I haven’t worn at all yet because I keep repeating the other ones.
I did at least take 3 pictures:
I lost interest in taking the pictures throughout the week, because I was just too busy AND because some outfits I literally just threw on. I do have one positive thing to say though. That magenta shirt in the middle was kind of a wildcard choice for me. It was an impulse buy several weeks ago, and once I got it home, I was too afraid of the bright color to wear it. I normally stick with dark and neutral colors, but I forced myself to put it in my 33, and I actually felt really good in it! So I will be keeping it around for a while. It’s a little more dressy than what I normally wear, but I feel more like a 30 year old in it than I do in some of my other clothes, which is good. It’s definitely a great option for parent/teacher conferences and things of that nature.
I feel like I still have a long way to go before I stop caring so much about clothes. I genuinely love them. I see them as an artistic expression. It probably doesn’t appear that way, because my clothes are not necessarily “artsy”, but I do feel an attachment to them when it comes to expressing myself. One thing I’m noticing is that this is teaching me to value each item more than I did before. So whether or not I decide to do this again, I think it will help me to choose quality over quantity in the future–to not buy something unless I can really see myself wearing it a lot. I already feel like there are a lot of clothes I’m more ready to get rid of now, because they just don’t seem as valuable to me anymore. That is definitely a step in the right direction.
Meanwhile, I’m still purging all the closets and cabinets in my house, and getting rid of tons of stuff! I can’t stand clutter so it feels really good to finally let go of so much.
One step at a time.