We recently watched a documentary called The True Cost. It digs into the financial, societal, and environmental costs of the fashion industry and provides an eye-opening account of the lives of garment workers around the world. The film did a tremendous job illustrating how much waste is generated by the fashion industry, especially in the last 20 years with the advent of fast-fashion brands like H&M, Forever 21, LOFT, and Old Navy. As we incorporate minimalism into our daily lives, we want to re-evaluate things we previously took for granted and try to understand their impact. This documentary allowed us to see fashion in a totally different light.
We watched an interview with Courtney Carver, creator of Project 333. We were inspired by her challenge to wear only 33 items of clothing for 3 months, which seemed totally doable. We wear only a fraction of our wardrobe, and even though we’ve spent months culling extra shoes and t-shirts from our closet, there is still more we could get rid of. If we try to limit ourselves to 33 items, maybe we will feel better about the clothes we own. Besides, who needs this much stuff?!
We hunkered down in our closet and counted every piece of clothing, from t-shirts and blouses to necklaces and scarves. Then, we separated things we wanted to keep and things we wanted to donate.