Cultivating a Spirit of Clothes Detachment

Cultivating a Spirit of Clothes Detachment

Cultivating a Spirit of Clothes Detachment

Many months ago I came across this blog called Project 333.  The general idea is to have thirty three items of clothing for three months.  These thirty three items do not include underwear, work-out clothes or nightclothes plus a few other things.  So one weekend when my husband was away I went through my closet and drawers and purged my wardrobe. I kept only those things I really liked, fit well and were in good shape.  Then I separated my clothes in the closet into two sections; the ‘to wear’ section and the ‘not to wear; section.  I didn’t follow all the suggestions, mainly those in regard to shoes and jewelry. With the shoes, I didn’t see any point in boxing up my shoes that didn’t match the clothes so I just left them in the closet.  Also, in terms of storage, it is suggested that you actually box up the clothes you will not be wearing to avoid even looking at them, but I didn’t think it would be a problem for me and it wasn’t it.

It was easy to get dressed in the morning before work.  I have the kind of wardrobe where most of my tops and skirts match, especially my summer clothes.  I made a few dresses and I was set.  Now that it is September I need to get in there and swap my lighter colored clothes for the darker ones.  Plus, some of my clothes are too big and I’m ready to part with them.  I’d rather make new clothes than alter old ones.

It was easy to live with a smaller number of clothes.  In the end, most of us tend to wear the same outfits over and over so why not de-clutter your wardrobe?  You will gain time to focus on other things, save money because you are not buying clothes just to have them or because they are on sale, and simplifying your wardrobe can give you a certain detachment from self and stuff that is good for the soul.

Copyright 2013 Deanna Bartalini


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Deanna G. Bartalini, MEd, MPS, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. Her Bible study, invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, is published by Our Sunday Visitor. Her website,, is for the Every Day Catholic. There you can find Deanna’s writing, free webinars on Catholicism, her podcast and social media services, and invite her to speak to your group, in person or virtually.


  1. I read this yesterday and went through my clothes this morning. Result: a VERY large bag full of items to donate, and one EMPTY drawer!
    I’m still trying to figure out how I wound up with so many black T-shirts. I’m considering hanging onto those and considering them my “uniform.”

  2. I don’t have enough clothes to get through a week as it is so I guess this isn’t really meant for me. Do people typically have such a surplus of clothes?

    • I think most people have more than they need, which is why I like being reminded that I don’t need as much as I think 🙂 It’s all perspective I suppose.

  3. This is such a big issue for me. Fashion has always been my hobby even when I couldn’t afford clothes (I drew them instead). But now that I can afford them (at least when they are on sale) I have too many and it’s become a headache. They take up too much roomand too much time. Yet I do purge every year those things that I haven’t worn in a year and things that no longer fit so what I have I do wear. So how I do choose what to keep and what to get rid of to get down to 33 pieces? And how to I prevent myself from buying more clothes? I do have a budget and I don’t go over it. But supposing I took up a different hobby and spent money on that instead? What is the right amount of time, space and money to devote to a hobby? I rarely go out to eat or get take out, I don’t go to movies or other entertainment, I don’t go to sporting events. The only vacation I get is one night away each year. I don’t really buy anything for myself other than clothes Yet I know I have more clothes than I need. I can’t decide if i would happier with or without my clothes. Often after a purge I find myself wanting to wear something I gave away. I hate that feeling.

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