Honestly, I'm pretty good at "cutting back"- I play a little game with myself if I buy something new, then I must give away something that hasn't been worn. It helps with maintaining space for my collection and has added tax write-off benefits :)
I also recently took on a new job, with an (ahem) adjusted salary, which has created some budgeting work to be done. Naturally as I seek resources to assist me (remember this post on Mint.com), I have also discovered a few other techniques to scale back. Thanks to CJ who forwarded a great article my way that mentioned this idea: Project 333.
Here's the premise: You select 33 items to wear for 3 months. That's it. Wedding rings, sentimental jewelry you never take off, underwear, sleepwear, lounge wear at home, or work out clothes don't count.
Here's the goal: You learn to scale back, wear your best/favorite items (it forces creativity!), and simplifies the "what will I wear today?" question every morning.
I like that she states this isn't a project in suffering, but helps us identify our best clothing (forcing us to acknowledge what FITS best, too). Even more so, I like that this creates a realistic time line. 3 months isn't forever, but it's long enough to ensure commitment.
So will I do it? I am considering it when the weather is a bit more consistent here in Boston. Once the cold hits, it's here for more than 3 months, so that feels like a reasonable goal. I'll check back in on the idea in November or December...and happy to report back on what I find about myself and my wardrobe.
You want to get started? Read the tips created by Courtney. I'd say give it a go!