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8 Challenge, Update #1

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One week into the 8 Challenge (my wardrobe for the month of November consists of 8 pieces of clothing)… my biggest challenges so far?

1) Laundry.  Since I only have 1 or 2 pieces of clothing that need to be washed at a time, it’s a bit of a challenge to wash/dry my clothes. But, I’m also loving that I’m not overwhelmed by laundry.

2) I’ve been really tempted to go clothes shopping this week!  :-/  I normally really dislike clothes shopping, but since engaging in this challenge, I’ve had a huge urge to go shopping!

Since it’s only been a week, I’m not feeling bored with my 8 pieces of clothing yet.  I’m actually having a lot of fun putting different pieces together with a scarf or necklace.  I feel free in a way I didn’t expect. I actually used to go to sleep at night dreading trying to figure out what to wear the next day! Now, it’s easy-peasy and I’m not stressing at all.  I’ve also taken on clearing out my jewelry. I’ve donated most of it and pared it down 20141103_071541to pieces that I feel are “me” (I’ve finally realized that my style really is minimal – I like subtle, small pieces. I enjoy looking at big sparkly pieces, but never ever wear them.) and I actually wear. Again – SO freeing!

I *might* be cheating just a bit by wearing my lightweight white down vest a lot – I’m counting it as a “coat”, which is a freebie in this challenge. Another area where I *might* have cheated: I bought some shoes.  I guess they’re technically apparel, but after clearing out my closet (I’m preparing to try the www.un-fancy.com method beginning in December!) and getting rid of the shoes that hurt my feet or just didn’t wear, I found that I own 4 pairs of shoes (boots, 2 pr tennis shoes, 1 pr boat shoes)  and I was in need of a pair of all-purpose non-athletic shoes. I found some cute red flats on sale that I know I’ll wear a lot this Autumn.

 

Here’s an update from Randi:

randi outfitI was thinking about, that even if we have to wear two extra sweaters or a sweater and a vest to stay warm, the experiment is still a mind blowing eye opener. Who would have thought that something so basic would speak to me in such a loud and clear manner. It already started when I picked out my eight pieces. I felt this excitement, and as I started to put all my other clothes away, I felt this sense of peace and freedom. I know It’s only a few days into the challenge, and I may view this differently at the end. But for now, I truly love not having to thinkrandi outfit 2 too much about what to wear, and don’t have to fight through a pile of sweaters to find the one piece I was looking for. I can spend my time on something more productive and maybe even fun. I believe this message will carry through, had we picked even twenty pieces of clothing. I’m loving it, and am convinced that many great conversations will take place based on this.

How about you?  Are you doing the 8 Challenge?  What are your thoughts and challenges so far?

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  1. Marilyn on said:

    Lori and Randi,
    I am enjoying this “serial” blog of your 8 challenge. I remember a time before television (just barely, mind you) when my mother would listen to her “stories” on the radio. The radio characters became part of our life for a little while.
    I find myself wondering what your outfit will be for THIS day and I love it when you post.
    I used to watch a program called “neat” where a professional organizer came to a person’s house and got the homeowner to discard the bulk of her possessions in order to create peace and calm in that person’s life. Even though the person wanted peace and calm to happen, she was often reluctant to let the stuff go because she was emotionally attached to it. This program wasn’t Christian based, but as a Christian watching it, I felt what you two are describing as “freeing.” I am looking at my own closet in a new way. I really like that your challenge provokes me to think of excess in light of my faith walk. Any old body can be entertained by something, but this challenge has at it’s core the joy of the lightness of being satisfied with Christ.
    When l was a teenager in the 60’s, the culture advised a woman to go out and buy a new hat to lift her spirits. I think that is when we started over buying. We must’ve had hats falling out of the closet!

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