Mar 192012

I’ve posted in the past on a simple experiment to help you reduce the amount of crap you keep. It’s pretty simple. Take a box, and fill it stuff you are unsure of, that is, anything you think you might need but ain’t positively sure. The “I might need that” category. Fill the box, tape it shut, list on the outside what is in the box and date it. Set a reminder to come back in a set time period, I use one year, and if the box is still sealed up and never been opened, then you don’t need what’s in it. Get rid of it.

Well over at Be More With Less, Ms. Courtney Carver, a leader in the minimalist movement, has an interesting take on a similar project called Project 333. The project, now in it’s 7th. year is a simple experiment in keeping your wardrobe under control. Here are the basics from her blog…

How to do Project 333
When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
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 site.
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.

The project is a very easy exercise that allows you to focus on a wardrobe that is functional without being frivolous. Ms. Carver has plenty of good ideas here and includes a getting started page to get you going. The way she has it set up means you can adjust your wardrobe accordingly to the seasons, that is, for those of you who live someplace where there is more than one season. Stop by her blog and check it all out. It’s well worth a read.

Capt. Fritter

I would try the project but I would have to buy more clothes to fit in. When you only have about 24 items of clothing your choices are fairly easy.

  One Response to “Minimalism…The 333 project from Be More With Less…”

  1. i loved this project too. i now have 40 pieces in my closet. i do live in a 4 seasons area. still… maybe it’s time to rethink the 33! it’s such fun to get rid of stuff!
    also one that helped me in many ways was the ” fantasy self ” post on miss minimalist’s (francine jay) site.
    i had still been keeping some clothes back in case i ever went to the formal functions i sometimes attended in the past. good lord… what … years ago? my fantasy life that no longer has anything to do with my real life.
    i hate formal functions! but there they hung… the little black dress… the requisite high heels… even an evening wrap. all so i wouldn’t have to buy them again if i needed them.
    and this from a dyed in the wool minimalist! lol. even we can backslide if we don’t watch it. amazing.
    thanks for the reminder.