getting ready for my next challenge

January 30, 2012, In: personal experiments

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to complete a different personal challenge or experiment each month in 2012. That mean 12 new things that will hopefully stretch me as a person and take me out of my comfort zone a bit. January was a 10-day juice fast. This was a perfect way to start the year and hit the reset button after the holidays.

February is also going to be about simplification and cleansing. However, instead of cleansing inside, I will be cleansing outside and focusing on my closet. I am joining my new blog buddy Kara at Everyday in Stilettos on the 30 for 30 challenge. I will be choosing 30 items from my closet to wear for the next 30 days. That includes all clothes and shoes. Accessories are not included, but those have never been my strong suit. I guess I’ll be learning how to accessorize finally.

Here’s a photo of all of the clothes I own set out on my bed:

Since the rules did not stipulate workout clothes or pajamas, I’m taking the liberty to only count clothes I plan to see other people in. I mean, I would have to do laundry a lot if my workout clothes counted. Oh, and I’m not counting my snowboarding clothes either because they are items that have a specific purpose.

Here’s a photo of the 30 items I am going to live with for the next 30 days. Everything else has been packed up in luggage and several items have been set aside to donate.

I’m a bit nervous about this challenge. A month feels like a really long time. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a huge fan of my wardrobe and by keeping it fuller gives me some comfort. Stripping it down will bring me face-to-face with my insecurities of my style. Should be interesting.

I also read a couple blog posts recently that made me really think about our culture in America. I was appalled by this post from Raptitude. It talks about college students being upset with Wikipedia going dark for one day to protest SOPA & PIPA. It oozes entitlement and selfishness. You really should read it, but warning – it’s pretty tough to read the words these kids were willing to post on Twitter. I know I’ll sound old and crotchety here, but where are these kid’s parents? What did they teach them growing up? Where is the appreciation for things they have?

And to contrast, in the same week, I read this post about a teenager from Orange County, CA and his willingness to be a minimalist teen. The more shocking part is that it’s his personal choice. It’s not a lifestyle his parents live. This is the kind of kid I want to raise.

How about you? Would you be willing to live with 30 clothing items for 30 days? If you want to try it, check out the post at Everyday in Stilettos and join us!

    • deb
    • August 31, 2013

    That is so funny. I am about to do a juice fast and I am doing the 30 for 30 or project 333. So looking forward to less of everything!

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      Good luck! I really enjoyed both challenges. Since having a baby I feel I need to go back and revisit a challenge of living on less stuff.

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    Thanks Amy! I am still super amazed that you and Bracken lived in a Van for a whole year! What a fun experience! I've always been a light packer when we travel (carry-on only, even internationally), but it seems a bit different when doing it at home. I know it will be fine, I mean this is Boulder, not New York, but it feels like a permanent shift – which is the point. It's about not hiding behind anything. I think 2012 is going to be a great year!

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    Have fun with it Deanna! When living in a van for a year, I brought only those items I felt I truly needed. And then ended up paring *those* down twice over the year (and that included clothes for all seasons and sports). I wonder if I got down to 30 items, but I bet I’d be close.

    All that to say that you will be FINE. It’s refreshing to realize just how little we actually *need* and knowing that I have *enough* definitely helps when I’m out shopping and stumble across something lovely and enticing… it’s much easier to say no. It’s hard at first, but after awhile, wearing the same thing gets easier (and you don’t have to decide “what to wear” every day… a time-saver for sure!). :)

    • MeganSweeney
    • January 31, 2012

    Cool! Love this challenge! You could write a book at the end of the year!! Like The Happiness Project. This is inspiring and I'd like to do the same thing with decluttering.

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      oooh, fun idea! We'll have to see how the other challenges end up and what sort of adventures I get myself into. We should brainstorm about March together.

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    Wow, now that is organized. I hope you are going to post pictures of each day. I just added you to my reader. Have a great day!

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      Great thought, Deborah! I had not planned on a shot a day, but I really should since there are some days I don't have to leave the house and I was wondering how I would be motivated to use an outfit. Thanks!

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    I thought about linking up for the 30 -30 challenege, but I was scared! I know that sounds terribly lame, but it’s true! Maybe I will try the next time around.

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      Thanks for your honesty Nikki! What if you tried to do it for only 2 weeks? It might not seem as scary if the time period was shorter. I think the best part for me so far was taking everything out of my closet. I was amazed at how much clothing I actually have.

    • Kara
    • January 31, 2012

    I am so glad you are participating! I too am a little nervous about my choices, but excited to see what I can do with them! I think it is great how you included simplifying your life, I actually didn’t even think of it that way, but love it! We all need to do that more, when and where we can. What better place than clothes?

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      Thanks for your support and for hosting the challenge! I saw your post listing out your individual items and it made me want to re-evaluate my choices just a smidgen. In my haste, I might not have picked the best mix-n-match items. Planning to confirm my choices tonight.

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