If it doesn’t work, try again, bend the rules, make it work for you. I’m still working on Project333. Still determined to cut the wardrobe to 33 items (or thereabouts) but have found that some of the things I thought would work, didn’t.
I am a long floaty skirt girl. I had one long floaty skirt in my selection. It would have been easy for me to say “AAGH It doesn’t work I’m giving up and introducing more skirts”. Alternatively I could say “This selection didn’t work so I need to start again.” Or “I need to tweak this, maybe 35 would work better for me” or “I need to tweak this I’m not going to wear all those trousers but I could substitute them for some skirts.” I opted for the latter.
There is no failure unless you give up. If 35 items works perfectly for you, then have 35 items. If 33 items works fine but you need one ultra smart outfit that you know will only be worn once, then hold onto that outfit but wear it only on that specific occasion. Then think about next time an occasion like that comes up. Could you tweak your 33 to include something suitable?
Today I am going to a smart event at the Cathedral followed by lunch and a private viewing of the Lindisfarne gospels. I have to look very smart. I have managed to stick to my 33 items with one exception. A fuschia silk jacket. It turns my dress from pretty to smart. So today I will wear the jacket. Tonight it goes back into storage. I am not going to beat myself up about it. I am going to concentrate on what I have achieved already.
This isn’t about making life hard, it’s about making life easier. You make the rules. Just remember though, if you keep breaking them then like a smoker who says “oh just one more, I’ll give up tomorrow” you will never get there.
It may be uncomfortable but it isn’t meant to be back breaking. This week I am going to pack for our holiday to Turkey. I am looking forward to selecting a handful of items from the 33 in my wardrobe. No packing angst this year. What would change in your life if you only had 33 items in your wardrobe?