Tuesday, June 22, 2010

JunkToss 2010

I came across an awesome collaborative blog/experiment this week called Six Items or Less. Basically, a whole bunch of online folks are going to pick 6 items of clothing and wear only those items for a month (excluding working out, pajamas, and any work uniforms). Each participant has a slightly different reason for participating- some to make a statement about consumerism, others about mindfulness, still others because they want to cut down on their morning prep time.

I think it's a really neat concept. I'm guilty of buying clothes that serve one purpose- a fancy work shirt, casual hang out tees, skirts that are just a bit too short to wear to my office, etc. etc. I am always in awe of my future roomie, who has a clear knack for buying pieces that she can pull off in all settings. (Side note: I could not be more excited to double my closet in a week and a half.)

So, while I'm not going to participate in this challenge of 6 items or less (seriously, are they insane?) I am going to do a mindful experiment of my own: choose 10 items every week for the next 5, to give/throw away. Five per week will be clothing, and five will be 'things'- in my case, it's undoubtedly going to be something I hold onto for nostalgia sake. For example, I found my Big Willie Style CD in my room a few weeks ago. WHY?

Good things will come of this. My new room, in my new fabulous apartment, will be less cluttered. I'll hopefully find patterns among the stuff I throw away, so I'll become a smarter shopper. I think I'll document my toss-aways once a week on here. It will be a good way to learn iPhoto, and I have a feeling you all will enjoy the absurd crap that I own for no reason.

I'm fairly certain I own enough stuff to do this. It didn't seem fair to audit my closet before beginning...

3 comments:

Mary said...

Ok, so i think your 10 things should actually jsut go to the "save mary" cause... it is a worthy cause. promise. Also, why would you throw away big willie style!? if you ask me that was one of the major artists of our times. think Sean R music class... welcome to miami.
love.

KC said...

I just used my big Willie style cd in my latest podcast. It's a classic.

Teresa said...

If you've got any spare cardigans I know a gal who could use a few...

PS Isn't having roommates that are the same size the best thing ever?