Project 333: SIMPLE is the NEW BLACK
Inspired by a blog I recently discovered called: BE MORE WITH LESS
A few years ago, I used to dream about one day having a big, spacious walk in closet to hold more stuff. Today, I crave to one day be able to easily store my clothing and accessories without even needing an actual closet (and I am so much happier) so here is a challenge I have taken for myself and would (of course) like to challenge you guys to also!
This is for those of you new to minimalistic-ness (like myself.) You may have just heard about it, or perhaps you have been quietly watching others live with less for the past three years and you are ready to jump in – let’s do this together!
Beginning December 1st I will be participating in Project 333! The idea behind this is super simple: for the next 3 months you are only to have 33 articles of clothing in your closet. This is ALL CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, SHOES, ETC. – which is where it gets tricky for me because as a lot of you know I have tons and tons of shoes and about 1,569 scarves. Exceptions include things like underwear, bras, sleep-wear, ‘around the house lounge’ clothes, gym clothes, etc. But let me just say real quick – if you’re gym clothes see the grocery store more than the gym, they count towards your 33.
*Side note: although I will be donating, throwing away some of my clothes – there’s exceptions to out of season clothes. My tank tops and shorts will go in a tote and go into the attic during the next 3 months. Then I will be doing this AGAIN in the spring for my spring clothes and then again in the fall for my fall clothes and so on and so forth.
Originally I decided I was going to try this for a few different reasons…
- I NEED an extra push for me to truly commit to this minimalist lifestyle that I’ve been craving to have for so long.
- I need boundaries in order to help myself follow these guidelines for my minimalist changes.
- The challenge sounds both reasonable and challenging – and I love a good challenge.
Now it has become an experiment that I value and will continue to recommend to others.
First step, put it on your calendar. Depending on the state of your closet, you may need 2-5 hours or more. Clear the day, hire a sitter, unplug and make it important. (I’ve chosen Thursday because I will officially begin my 33 days on Friday, December 1st.)
Next step, take inventory. Empty your closet, yes the entire thing. Don’t worry about sorting yet, just throw everything onto the bed. (If you put everything on your bed, you’ll be motivated to complete the project before bedtime.) If you have clothes in drawers, storage containers, or other areas of your home get those, too. While you are at it add your shoes, accessories, and jewelry. All the things.
Take a break. This is a great time to take a walk. Get away from your closet, clothes, guilt, frustration, or any other emotions that are coming up. Walk and breathe. Let it go. Take a walk, eat a snack, walk away from the chaos for a few minutes.
Next step, turn up the music. Move the clothes on your bed to piles on the floor with a ruthless first pass sort. Don’t give it too much thought, just go with your first reaction. Sort items into the following piles…
Love: I love these items. They fit me well and I wear them frequently.
Maybe: I want to keep this but I don’t know why (you know you have those items!)
Donate: These items don’t fit my body or my life.
Trash: These items are in poor condition (repurpose if possible!)
- Keep going until your bed is clear and you have 4 piles on the floor.
- Box or bag up your items to donate and bring them to your car or garage. Get them out of sight immediately.
- Take out the “trash items.”
Take a second pass at your remaining two piles. Try on the clothing you aren’t sure about and ask the following questions: “Would I go to the store and buy this today? Will I wear this in the next 3-6 months (or ever?)
Box up all of the remaining items from the “maybe pile” and put the box in the back of your closet for 30 days. If you didn’t miss the box after 30 days, DO NOT OPEN IT, donate it.
There’s the challenge – I will be doing mine on Thursday so expect an update from me at some point over the weekend with pictures for accountability! I’m excited to share, I’m excited to see yours!