I am now a little more than halfway through my 6 Items or Less experiment – about 13 days to go. It’s going pretty well for the most part, many more pluses than minuses. I find it much easier not to have to think about what I’m going to wear, and it’s way faster to pack. I don’t do much laundry – just throw whatever couple of items need washing in with towels, sheets or undies.
The biggest negative or challenge I’ve had is in getting a little bored with wearing the same clothes over and over – I do feel that stifles the fun & creative aspect of fashion. I posted earlier in the week about how the boredom was actually creating an unusual urge in me to buy new items; that’s not exactly right, I don’t want to buy new things, I just want to be able to wear different things!
But it definitely makes me very conscious of how much money, time, and energy I put into buying, wearing, organizing, then getting rid of my clothing. It reminds me of what I could do without, and what I could do for others with the resources I am lucky enough to have, and others may be in need of.
This Saturday I take off for a working press trip to St. Kitts and Miami – which should be an interesting turn of events to the project. I knew about this trip before I started the experiment and selected my Six, so I planned for it. My dress will be very cool and tropical over bare legs without a jacket, and the green t-shirt and linen pants should do just fine in a warm climate as well. But, it will still be interesting to see how the wardrobe holds up on a 5-day working trip in a tropical climate. Will keep you updated!
On another note, now that I am rounding the bend on finishing this experiment, I am open to suggestions on what you might think about new, future experiments. I have a few things in mind, but am always wanting to know what ideas other people have. Some of the possible future experiments I’ve come up with are:
- Eating vegetarian, organic and farmers market only for 30 Days
- Going without a car for 30 Days
- Doing disciplined meditation every day
- Implementing a Happiness Project practice every day
- Giving something every day – my time, money, donated item, etc.
Have other ideas? Send them my way by posting a comment below, or sending me a private message!