Project 333 {kind of…}

Essentially, Project 333 is a minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. You can read more about them here and learn how to start your own Project 333 here.

I’ve been on a HUGE minimalist kick lately. I love the idea of having margin in your life and creating space, whether physical or mental, to breathe and have clarity. So clearing out my over-filled, cluttered closet appealed to me greatly. And, being the drama queen that I am – I started right away! I read several websites and blogs learning about different people’s experiences and what they chose etc, but I knew that I really just needed to do it for myself. My own way. I went into my closet and pulled out almost EVERYTHING from the hangers. (I left like 2 shirts that I had just ironed. I mean, come on.) It was a weird feeling as I grabbed the pile and threw it into the living room. I laughed a little bit like a crazy lunatic lady because I tell you, the pile was HUGE. I wish I had a picture to show you. 4

^^^ Yeah, the picture above doesn’t even do it justice.

Within 5 minutes I had a giant pile of clothes (probably over 150 items) in my living room that needed to be downsized into 33 articles of clothing to wear for the next 3 months. No biggie.

I did what any other warm-blooded 21st century female would do – I consulted with my pinterest boards. (here and here) I wanted to find patterns of clothing and style that I loved. That way when I went through the pile I would choose things that truly spoke to me.

Here’s the list I came up with:
– Good denim
– Pastels, soft, flowy
– Nothing super tight or super short – I like comfort and modesty.
– A crazy blend of tomboy and lady-like.

Aaaaand then I sorted. And at first, it was really easy. I just started grabbing all the clothes I loved and putting them into one pile, and all the clothes I didn’t like I put in another pile (WHY DO I OWN CLOTHES I DON’T LIKE?? I digress…), and all the clothes I thought were “ok” went in another pile. The “don’t likes” were put into bags to sell or donate. The “ok” clothes were boxed and bagged up for storage. That left me a pile of “I loves”. Probably about 50 items. Sooo – more sorting.

This is where the “Project 333 {kind of…}” blog title comes in. You see…I cheated. I love clothes, I love style and colors. It’s fun for me. I don’t need to go crazy, but I seriously couldn’t narrow it down to 33 items. Especially went I went BACK into my closet to sort shoes, scarves, bags and accessories. Earlier I had read THIS article, so I knew that this project isn’t about strict rules. It’s about simplifying your life and clearing your mind and heart of the clutter that lots of clothes or appearance emphasis can create.

My changes:

1. I allowed a couple “extra” items that I really needed but didn’t want to count in my 33. This includes:
– Camping jacket. A goodwill $3 steal, I never wear it on a daily or even weekly basis, but when I go camping I want it available.
– Working jeans. These are ratty jeans that I’ll wear to go berry picking, hiking or camping. This doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does I don’t want                to be forced to wear one of my two pairs of jeans that I had selected within my 33.
– Khakis and my work shirt. I never wear my khakis or work shirt for anyyyy reason except to go to work at Lifeway.
2. I made my own requirements for shoes, bags and accessories.
– Because…I just had to. This is three months we’re talking about here. AND we’re going into autumn. AND southern weather is very unpredictable. (I’m full of good excuses)

In the end, I’m pretty sure I just decreased my wardrobe to a normal sized wardrobe.

{I also discovered that (without even trying) I picked similar colors and combos that will all mix and match really well. Cool.}

This is what I ended up with:
– Two pairs of jeans (skinny and flare)
– 4 skirts
– 2 pairs of shorts
– 10 pairs of shoes
– 2 jackets
– 2 blazers
– 2 sweaters
– 2 cardigans
– 11 shirts
– 6 dresses
– 3 neck scarves
– 2 hair scarves
– 4 bags (this might have been a little excessive)
– 3 belts

There you have it – 53.

{My new wardrobe now takes up less then half the space that it did before.}

My task is far from over…I have far to much to store away and need to purge at least half.

Because this ^^^ was all left over and that’s ridiculous.

There you have it! I’ll post and update another day…BUT David just got home from work early so I am ready  to get off this computer and have some husband time!

Oh and last picture…we needed a Wendy’s break:

{I’m a giant}

2 thoughts on “Project 333 {kind of…}”

  1. I love this. I go past 33 too, because I don’t count outerwear, bags, belts, hats, or jewelry. I have also make life-friendly “swap”ortunities (3 items each month), and if there’s something I need for a particular purpose (vacation, special work or life event) that isn’t part of my day to day life, I pull it out and wear it for that purpose and then pack it away. I wear a suit next-to-never for work (I’ve made it through entire multi-month challenges without one), but I have two things coming up. Still and yet, I don’t want to dedicate two items to a wool suit that will be awful for any other purpose in August in Missouri, so I’m tagging it as a special-use (work only) item and I won’t wear it, otherwise.

    The benefit isn’t in the dedication to 33 things: it’s in realizing that you don’t have to look at the 97 things that don’t make you happy – whether right now (stored) or anymore (donate or sell). It’s about changing the rules and making the ones that work for you, not the ones that our consumer-based culture suggest for us.

    Awesome job. I started P333ing (sort of) in February 2013 and I haven’t been able to go back to a full closet since. I struggle with how much to buy/donate/sell still (I’d like to have my wardrobe be a bit less of a revolving door), but this has really helped me redefine what is important to me and the decluttering has carried over into other parts of my life, too.


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