Whenever I started thinking about downsizing my wardrobe in preparation for moving into our tiny house, I just got overwhelmed. My wardrobe consists of just a bunch of random pieces I like individually and a lot of pieces don’t mix and match well. After doing some searches on what a basic women’s wardrobe should be I was even more confused. I spent a whole day googling and searching pinterest for inspiration for a minimalist wardrobe.
Then I found the site Project 333 and everything clicked. It’s basically paring down your wardrobe to 33 pieces (including shoes, jewelry, and outerwear… but not underwear, workout gear and house clothes). I really have no idea how much room this will take up but it seemed like a goal that was reachable and would still allow me to express my style. My starting goal is to get my wardrobe back to the basics and build from there. For example, I realized I had 4 patterned skirts that I only wear occasionally because they are so distinct, whereas I don’t have a plain black skirt that would get a lot more use.
I decided to have 24 year round pieces and then cycle in 9 other pieces each season. Some of those 9 pieces each season are the same (for example, black boots is one piece in fall, winter, and spring), but there are a few things that will be different each season (like a scarf and necklace) for variety and trendy-ness :). I haven’t added up the total amount of pieces but it is under 50. This will be interesting to have so few pieces as where we’re living has a very cold winter and a hot summer.
This past week, I boxed up everything that wasn’t on my list. It is pretty funny to see my basically empty closet and dresser. But I haven’t found I’m missing anything as of yet, and getting dressed is way easier with less options. I still have a few pieces that I don’t really like, but I’m planning on replacing them with something I love as I am able. I am also on the email list waiting for this AMAZING item, the Versalette, which could replace about 5 things on my list on it’s own. I cannot wait to get one!
Here is my initial brainstorm of my year round pieces: