How do I manage with so few clothes

Folks, I apologise for the Project 333 overload this week, but I keep thinking of things I should have added in to the original post, but didn’t. Also today’s Ten on Tuesday is all about pies, which as much as I love them, have you ever found a gluten-free pie, much less eaten one? I will report back when I’ve been to the MCG next week, as apparently I can now purchase a GF pie there, whether it is edible or not remains to be seen. Or tasted. Can I just say, favourite bar none is steak & kidney pudding (does that count?), for sweet, cherry. But it has been so long since I ate one, I could like something else entirely now, so can’t really complete this weeks’ list.

Anyhoo, as you will have seen by my miniscule wardrobe, I don’t have a lot of clothes in circulation. To be fair, I don’t have a lot of clothes compared to other women full stop, but I manage for a couple of reasons.

  • Friday is dress-down day at work. For a gold coin donation, we can be slightly more relaxed in our attire, unless there is an important meeting going on. Hurrah for jeans and floaty white tops.
  • I have a covered area so when I hang washing out, 24 hours later it’s dry. Hurrah for eco-friendliness.
  • I don’t care that I wear the same thing week in, week out. Hurrah for not being a fashion plate.

I’m not saying I wouldn’t like to have a few more clothes, as I would dearly like a pair of maternity trousers that don’t fall down during the day. Given that I live 2km away from Chadstone, you would be surprised at how many maternity shops there are there. Dedicated to women-only coverage of bump clothing, not children. Zero. Yes, you did read that right. I can go into Mothercare (provender of mega-comfy-under-belly-panties), or Pumpkin Patch (provender of tops, never have trousers in my size when I go there), or the house of Target (provender of crappy clothes, but they’ll do to get you through) but if I want to buy a pair of smart, tailored work trousers, (or two), forget it. I can only get them mail order, and I don’t have a huge success with the sizes over here as it is, so would end up having to order various sizes, get billed for them, then do battle with sending the ones that don’t fit back. Le sigh.

I could go shopping in a boutique, but I don’t fancy spending twice as much on a pair of trousers I’m going to wear for a couple of months, than I would do on a pair of trousers I’d wear for a couple of years. So I make do. Which is the essence of Project 333, living more with less. Does anyone else care that I am in the same outfit at work? No, they care that I get my job done.

As soon as I get home, I change into comfortables, not least because my bump demands it when I head to sit on the couch with my husband, but as I want to preserve the clothes I have, I don’t do things like housework or cleaning in them. What clothes I have, I take care of. One of the guys at work finds it hilarious that I tweet so much about laundry and housework, and that my idea of fun is tidying my linen cupboard.

All I’ve ever wanted to be is a 1920s or 30s housekeeper, not a parlour maid, I’m doing the laying out of clothes and running baths etc. And being a housekeeper is not that different to what I do now, admin; you try and make other people’s lives easier by doing things for them. I’d love to run a large country estate, rotate the linen, supervise the jam making and ensure the house parties were happy.

In the early part of the twentieth century, you would have your clothes that you wore through the week, your Sunday best, at 3 or 4 changes of clothing, that was it. People didn’t buy clothes they didn’t need because they couldn’t afford them, they’d get one outfit for the summer, one for the winter every year, and make do and mend in the meantime. We live in such a disposable society, we’ve got used to throwing things away we don’t like, or don’t wear. Did you know any polyester and cotton mix, does not degrade – full stop. How many clothes in your wardrobe have both fibres in? It would probably surprise you if you looked at the labels, remember that when you go to throw something away, it will still be hanging around long after you’ve gone. The easiest way to be environmentally friendly isn’t to recycle, it’s to buy less stuff in the first place. Your wallet will thank you as much as the planet will.

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