Project 333 – A minimalist closest

Posted on September 10, 2013

Could you live with only 33 articles of clothing in your closet for the next three months? I don’t know if I can. But I’m going to try.

It’s called Project 333. Keep only thirty-three items in your closet for three months. When the three months are up, pick a new set of 33 items that fit better with the next season, and keep only those. Repeat. Through web surfing I discovered the project and read about all these people taking the challenge. It sounded like a fantastic idea. For them. But me? I thought I would pare down, but not go all the way to 33.

I’ve been going back and forth on the idea for over a week. But last night I took the plunge. I’m going to do it!! Throwing all my clothes onto my bed, I got down to business.

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A little background on me … I’ve been inspired by ideas of minimalism for the past four months. I just moved to a new town last month and so all summer I was reducing the items in my closet, pantry, cabinets, garage, etc. to make the move easier. I really believe that having less stuff makes life better. I believe it. But I’m having trouble getting there. I’m still addicted to owning stuff.

I’ve already taken piles and piles of clothing to goodwill. I also earned some money at a consignment store. It took a few purging sessions, but I thought that I reduced the clothing in my closet so that it contained only what I really liked. And I decided not to shop for any clothing for a while. This is a big improvement for me. Why go beyond that?

Well, I’m about to put my house up for sell. And a known fact of staging homes is that your closets need to look spacious. Mine did not. In fact, I had put my clothes in four different closets to make it appear like it was less. (Who was I kidding?!) I had pared down my clothing, but I still had a lot.

So I’m going to do this three-month experiment. I don’t plan on living with only 33 items in my closet forever, like the creator/founder of the project does. I don’t know if I’ll do it again after three months. But I’m curious to see how it will affect me. And because I am nervous about it, I think it will be a healthy challenge for me. Jesus said, after all, that we should not store up treasures on earth. Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. The time spent picking the perfect outfit and shopping and worrying about trends and comparing my clothes to what is fashionable is all wasted time. There are more important things. And that is the heart of the project. I like this quote, by the project founder: “You can dress to impress, but there isn’t a jacket or pair of boots in the world that will truly reflect the depth of your character, or the beauty and love in your heart.”

Here’s the break-down of what I did:

  Began with Gave away Stored My 33 items
Blouses 65 18 37 10
Sleeveless Shirts 22 4 13 5
Cardigan/Jacket/Blazer 23 3 18 2
Cami/Spaghetti Strap 11 1 9 1
Dresses 31 1 25 5
Skirts 18 2 14 2
Pants 12 1 7 4
Capri Pants 4 0 4 0
Leggings 5 0 4 1
Shorts 4 0 3 1
Purses 11 0 10 1
Fashion scarves 12 0 11 1
Total: 218 30 155 33

This process was a little painful. After I got it pared down to 45 items things really started getting painful. But I eventually got it down.

It may not look like I gave away many items, but let me remind you that I purged over 100 items earlier this summer. Maybe 200. I’m just not ready to permanently get rid of more right now.

 

Here’s a photo of everything that is in my closet now:

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I’m not following all the Project 333 rules to a tee. That is, I am not counting jewelry or shoes in my 33 items. I am, however, packing a bunch of them away for now.

What I’m excited about: Spending less time thinking about what to wear. Having an uncluttered closet.

What I’m nervous about: Wishing I could wear an item that is packed away. Believing I look less stylish.

We’ll see what happens. I’ll update this blog about it later. In the meantime, I am going to try to stay encouraged through participating in the group’s facebook page, reading other Project 333 members’ blog entries, and looking at the group’s pinterest board.

All my empty hangers! The clothes that used to be on them are now packed away ... they will not see daylight for three months!!!

All my empty hangers! The clothes that used to be on them are now packed away … they will not see daylight for three months!!!

My scarves...

My scarves…

 

Only keeping one out

Only keeping one out

My necklaces

My necklaces

My reduced necklace collection ... Not counting them as part of my 33 items, but it is an improvement. And I will probably pare down a bit more in the next month.

My reduced necklace collection … Not counting them as part of my 33 items, but it is an improvement. And I will probably pare down a bit more in the next month.

 


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