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!