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:
Our garage sale over the weekend went pretty well! We made enough money to buy some materials for tiny house, so that makes it worth it. It’s pretty amazing to view your stuff when you put everything out on the lawn. The only downside is we still have enough stuff to do another garage sale entirely!
The best part of it was totally unexpected: we met almost all of our neighbors! All of us in our neighborhood say “good morning” and all of that, but we all kind of keep to ourselves. It turns out, our neighbors are pretty awesome and we’ve missed out on years of dinners and drinks on the porch We’re thinking about having some kind of neighborhood event now before we move.
… or just most of it. Like I said in my previous post, I’ve been anxious about getting rid of a lot of my possessions. My head tells me that it is just stuff, but my heart tells me I’m getting rid of memories I won’t get back. I also tend to say things to myself like “I want to show this to my kids” (btw I don’t have any yet), or have some strange future use for things I just haven’t thought of yet (what if I need to throw a swanky dinner party for 20 people?).
I’ve been looking online for encouragement, inspiration, and a little guidance on doing a serious life de-clutter. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites:
Getting Rid of Almost Everything You Own in a Few Easy Steps – Nicole Faires
The 10 steps to get your wardrobe to where you want it to be – The Everyday Minimalist
Letting Go of Sentimental Items – The Minimalists
How To Sell All Of Your Stuff – Never Ending Voyage
100 Days of Less
Are there any other good ones I’m missing? I would love to hear what’s worked for other people.
And here’s my progress pile of stuff to sell in the kitchen. I’m off to go carry it all outside…
One of my many fun, but hardly used items... vintage picnic basket! Anyone want this beauty?
Time to put my tiny house money where my living simply mouth is. Ummm… or something like that. This weekend will probably be the toughest for me in this tiny house process, selling most of our stuff. I come from a collecting family and I have a hard time letting anything go. It’s going to be really hard, but I know that it will be worth it.
I’m just going to keep saying this quote over and over:
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”