I know, everyone is in organization mode but this is something I’ve started now for a while but would like to implement this year. First thing is first. I have taken out 100 items from my closet. Yes, you read that correctly. I have donated two boxes and one bag full of clothing and accessories. But the truth is, a few of these items were kept because of either sentimental value or because it was expensive (though I got a deal). I never wore it more than once or kept tossing it to the “maybe” pile as in maybe one day I will. Those 100 pieces were all “maybe” pieces. As a stylist, I know better but sometimes you just cannot help yourself…I am human too you know. However, I have been pickier when I shop and at times have told my husband that I wasn’t even in the mood to shop. Gasp! I don’t know maybe the tide is shifting and I need to love what I am wearing now to wear it. So no more maybes. So here is the plan after cleaning out my closet. I have a plant.
The 3 Item Plan
At the beginning of every season, I will allow myself to purchase just 3 items. I am looking not to replace the 100 pieces I have tossed but to invest in pieces that will get more wear. Do these have to be splurges? No. They could be a pair of $40 shoes as long as I wear them and wear them often. That is what I mean by quality. I have to see its worth in wearability. Being limited to only 3 items will be hard but doable. There are only a few exceptions to the rule.
Undergarments: These need to be replaced often anyhow so I will not be included these in my 3 item plan.
Beauty Products: Mascaras should be replaced every 3 months for hygienic reasons and my skincare is non-negotiable. This applies to wardrobe pieces only.
Gifts: Anything that is gifted will not be included however, if I get a gift card and use said gift card to purchase an item then it counts towards the 3.
Brand Collaborations: Sometimes my job has a few nice perks. At times, I get offered these projects that involve gifted wardrobe items. This will not be included however, I will be just as picky about these items as I would be with the 3 as I do not want to start creating another “maybe” pile.
But why the torture?
Because I had 100 items in my closet that I barely wore. Will I save more money? Maybe or maybe not. I’m not limiting myself to an actual budget. If the item is worth the splurge and something I know I will wear regularly, then I will buy it. So maybe I will spend the same about on 12 pieces that I did on that 100 or maybe not as long as I wear it. I will say this, this will be hard so I need a few of you to join me on this! Feel free to tag me on purchases using the hashtag #3ItemPlan. Who’s in?