What if the problem with having nothing to wear was actually that you have too much to wear? Picture this; you walk into your closet knowing you want to wear a long sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans. Now imagine there are only 3 long sleeve shirts and 2 pairs of jeans. Fewer options would make your decision less cloudy, right? You could easily make a decision based on those limited options. Now, stick with me here, imagine your whole wardrobe looked like that.
I heard about the 333 project about a year ago, and I was hooked the more I researched the concept. As you know, I fell in love with the concept of living with less to find peace and joy with the items I own. I quickly adapted to only have one spatula in my kitchen. However, I was apprehensive to take this minimalist lifestyle to my closet and dresser. Once we found out it was time to pack up our apartment and head to Jersey. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to throw out clothes. I got rid of bags upon bags of clothing...yikes. I am not an excessive shopper, but rather a sentimental clothing keeper. Friends, I had shirts from middle school. When we moved to Jersey and I began to unpack my clothes, I was still amazed at the number of clothes I still owned. How could I own all of this after donating so many bags of clothing.
It wasn't until after I went to see The Minimalists with my sister in-law that I was reminded of Courtney Carver. The genius behind the 333 project!!! I left the venue feeling inspired to make the change.
SO, what is the 333 project? It's a fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. What does that look like:
When: Every three months
What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.
Box up whatever is not coming with you for the next three months, and mark the box accordingly so you can consider the same items for next year.
I sat down on a Friday morning reading the rules, and guidelines trying to convince myself what a terrible mistake this was. Without much luck, I determined that discomfort brings growth. I cleared my Friday afternoon and ripped every single article of clothing out of my closet and dresser. We were off. What a mess. Without a doubt this was the most difficult part. But I finished... I narrowed it down. I DID IT. I scurried the clothes into the spare room closet and called it a day. Now the real fun could begin...
Stay tuned for part 2 where I share a few of my clothing selections and what this process taught me.