We’ve been loosely following Project 333 around here this month and I thought it was time to actually track and organize those 33 pieces of clothing here on my blog. While Henry has yet to utter his first word, he’s agreed to join in.
It might seem challenging to have a wardrobe limit for a toddler. If you don’t have one, toddlers are messy. They eat messy and play messy. They also throw the messy on their parents. Having less clothing makes all of this a challenge but I like it. I like that I can’t procrastinate too much on laundry. I like giving those mini overalls a small spot clean so they don’t have to go through the wash. I like that my son just has one drawer of clothing.
As a reminder here are the rules for Project 333:
- 3 months with 33 items
- When: January 1 – March 31
- What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
- What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring, underwear, sleep, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
- How: over the next two months, outline your 33 items, by the 1st of January, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of site.
- What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. If you purchase items for project 333, stick with the one in, two out approach. Consider the essentials and stick to 33.
I’ve added an extra mini-rule for mini-Henry:
- Back-up daycare clothing will not be counted in Henry’s 33 items. Henry goes to daycare twice a week and they require that he has two sets of back-up clothing. He also has a full rain suit there that I am not including and back-up hat and mittens. Some of the other items that live part-time at daycare – rain boots and rain jacket – will be included.
Today we are counting shoes and outerwear. The next few Mondays I will list off other sections of our wardrobes.
- Frye boots: these are new to my wardrobe and are getting a lot of use. Comfortable and they go with a lot.
- Black heels: these are very walkable heels (Clarks brand). I’ve gone on date night in them and been fine to walk 30 minutes each way. I’ve lusted after Louboutins for years but have turned a corner since getting rid of a lot of my wardrobe. I need to dress for myself and my life. Right now that means oh so sensible Clarks. It’s not that I’ve given up – it’s that I’m happier with where I am at.
- Nikes: this is me being honest. I wear these at least once or twice a week and often with yoga pants. I also wear them to Crossfit. While they are technically a workout shoe I wear them casually so they’re staying in my Project 333 list.
- ? I need another pair of shoes, possibly black flats as my old ones just bit the dust.
- Outdoor shoes: what a score. Back in the fall I bought these shoes, and two more in bigger sizes, from a woman with a child a year plus older than mine. These are $60 shoes when new, leather, great condition and I bought them for $10. Once Henry has outgrown them another family (or two or three!) will get lots of use out of them.
- Soft soled shoes: these Robeez are primarily used at daycare. At home Henry cruises around in socks.
- Rain boots: daycare insists on rain boots and I got these for $5 on Craigslist. I’m sure he will outgrow them soon.
- Stonz cold weather booties (not pictured): I’m including these although they could be considered exercise related. Henry wears these when I run with the stroller. I time runs around his nap time and these keep his feet quite warm. They go over socks or the soft-soled shoes.
- Black Puffy Jacket: we’re experiencing a cold winter here so this is my go to.
- Black Swing Coat: bought in Paris on my honeymoon. Love this item but I am closely monitoring how much I wear it. It’s really not warm enough for winter days but will be too heavy in spring. We had a warmer winter last year and I wore it a lot more.
- Fleece Jacket: these Hanna Andersson best ever baby jackets are fantastic. Henry was gifted one in the 2-6 month size – we wore it past a year! Hoping we can wear this one next winter as well.
- Rain Jacket: I like having separates to layer but we really haven’t had a lot of use for this jacket. Mental note: you don’t take very little people out to play in the driving rain a lot. If it’s raining we go to a covered play ground or an indoor gym.
- Winter Jacket: this was a gift from my mom. Initially I didn’t think we needed it but we had some very cold days and this was a life saver.
Anyone else participating in Project 333? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email so I can link to you in my Project 333 post next week.
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