Roger’s Six Items Challenge
When my team first touted this 6 Items Challenge my first exclamation was: “this is going to be a piece of cake”. What soon became quickly apparent was that it was my “male” mouth activating itself before my brain engaged. As a result, instead of a week, I was “given” an extra few days to “prove” my superiority and beat everyone else in my team! I soon realised it wasn’t about showing the rest of my team how easy it was to beat the challenge, but that I’d actually in fact been duped! It’s a hard life being the only male in a female team….
I looked at my sparse wardrobe and hoped I’d chose wisely.
Blue chino trousers in case of any meetings? Check.
One long sleeve shirt. Check.
Two short sleeve shirts. Check.
One blue sweater. Check!
Seemed reasonable to me and should cover all my needs for the 12 days. My challenge started on a Wednesday so those first three days went by without a hitch. Then came the weekend…
Saturday and Sunday turned out to be a bit more problematic than I’d anticipated. The footballing pursuits of my son require extensive training, games and ferrying around in the Dad taxi. I wore my chosen jeans on Saturday, but they ended up rather muddy so I wound up cheating over the weekend. On Saturday I wore two different t-shirts and on Sunday, track suit bottoms and additional t-shirts were the order of the day. I also had to wash some of the items to be ready for Monday again.
By now, I’d got into quite a routine and was happy with my six items – the only thing I imagined causing an issue was if I had to dress up a bit more smartly for work purposes – a meeting, conference or something similar. Other than that, things were going well.
The whole issue of the weekend came up again with my football schedule and appropriate clothing. I decided to forfeit the last two days, again.
Overall, my six items were not an issue during the week, but the weekends did pose more of a problem. Having to do additional washing duties during the week also made me question the whole ‘increased energy use’ issue. However, if I did do this for a longer time frame, I guess I could change my washing schedule to mitigate any potential increased energy use.
Six items seems just a tad too little clothing for me – purely because of my son’s weekend football activities which I get caught up in. If I did have to decrease my wardrobe substantially, taking the changing seasons into account, I think a 15 – 20 item clothing tally would suit me fine!