Saturday, January 15, 2011

Six Items or Less? How does that work?

I am a very spoiled girl. I have my own closet.

Jon's and my bedroom has two closets, and when we moved in, I claimed the (much larger) one for myself for my (rather large) wardrobe. But the fact is, I really don't wear a lot of it. There are some clothes that still don't fit me quite right because I still need to lose ten pounds of baby weight, but I don't get rid of them in the hopes that someday I will lose said baby weight and fit into everything again. But I obviously don't need all of the clothing that I have, and I'm pretty sure all of us can say that.

So what's the point of my ramblings this morning? Well, I was reading an article this morning that directed me to the website of Six Items or Less, which intrigued me, and not just because of the poor grammar (note from the Grammar Nazi side of my personality: it should be "fewer"). It's a really interesting idea. Here's the premise:

"Six Items or Less began as a small experiment between friends and quickly grew to become a global movement questioning the power of what we don't wear.

The experiment is simple: each participant gets to choose six (and only six) items of clothing and pledge to wear only these six items of clothing for a month.

Logistically, there are exceptions that don't count towards the six: Undergarments, swim wear, work-out clothes, work uniforms, outer wear (rain slicker, outdoor jacket), shoes and accessories. You can get multiples of the same item for laundry purposes, but different colors count as separate items.

Most people have asked about the reasoning behind the experiment and most also assume it's a grand statement about consumerism. In reality, there is no dictated driving thought - it's for you to decide its meaning and relativity in your world. It's about putting a challenge out there and seeing what people bring to it, do with it and talk about."

It's an intriguing idea, I think. I'm not sure it's something I'm ready to do just yet, but it might be interesting to try out and see what I learn from it. For me, I think a challenge like this would be a good excuse to try and see what I really need, and perhaps be more mindful when buying clothes as a way to cut down on my impact.

What do you think? What does something like this mean to you?

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