In an effort to simplify my daily decisions and to see if I could live with less, I have taken on a project; The 333 Challenge. Also called Project 333, this challenge was created by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less as a nod to the minimalist movement of living a more meaningful life with less material things. The purpose of the challenge is to choose 33 items of clothing to wear exclusively for 3 months.
After reading about this challenge and hearing that the average person only wears 30% of the items in their closet I decided to put myself to the test to see if after building my 33 item capsule wardrobe, I could complete the 3 months without missing any of the excluded items. I had many reasons for deciding to do Project 333, here are some reasons why I think people should try this:
1. We have favorites: We are a society who love to shop and we want to have lots of choice when it comes to our wardrobe. What happened to those favorite items that we couldn't wait to buy and wear, the ones we had to wash over and over so that it was ready for our next event? That lucky t-shirt that we wear again and again, even though it isn't always clean. Like it or not, we all have our favorites so why bother having items in our wardrobes that don't pass our test?
2. Keep it simple: We've all had that feeling of having nothing to wear, despite an overflowing wardrobe right? So why would we want to keep buying and purging, only to run into the same issue a few months later. Simplify things by having less, by having only favorites and only buy items we love. We must be sure when purchasing items that they are good quality and we will want to wear for a long time This makes our decision easier in the morning and will save our brainpower for more important things, like making coffee.
3. Define our style: Having a closet that is packed to the brim makes it incredibly difficult to know what we have and can make putting together a cohesive outfit impossible. I noticed that when I cleared out the items that I wasn't into I was left with all the items that are in similar color families (shades of pink, grey, black and cream) this makes getting dressed stupid-easy and I look more put-together as a result. When working with a "capsule wardrobe" we have more control over the looks that we put together because everything works well together. Especially if we keep in mind how many different combinations each piece will work in during the garment selection process. I find that patterns with many colors give me more options than a solid colored item would.
4. Clutter-free closet = clutter-free life: A chaotic closet can carry it's craziness into other areas of our life whether we realize it or not. There's no need to be obsessive about it's neatness but less clothing means less to clean, hang, iron. We could try valuing our clothing and treating it like a prized possession. We could even pretend those 33 items need to last us for the next 3 years and there is no possibility of buying more.
I hope this small guide was helpful and I hope that my readers who have never tried Project 333 decide to give it a go! I will start updating my progress on Instagram and Snapchat so be sure to follow me and please subscribe to my newsletter for updates on new posts!