A few months ago while researching the idea of minimalism, I came across Project 333. I was intrigued, but not all that interested in trying to pare down my closet that much. I thought I was pretty good about keeping things cleaned out, after all. This month, though, I decided to go for it. It’s an experiment in minimalism, yes, but also an experiment in style.
I started by gathering a bunch of items to be donated.
All of this stuff was in my closet, or dresser drawers, or hidden away, waiting for me to decide what to do with it. I decided. It is all leaving my house. (So much for the idea that I was already pretty good at keeping my closet cleaned out. I suck!)
Next, I pared down my closet to the “I Love” items. That’s not to say I got rid of all the stuff I didn’t love– I ended up with one box full of stuff that doesn’t fit, but that I can’t quite part with. But at least I had a starting point.
92 items total (including 9 dresses and a staggering 42 pairs of shoes). Still miles to go to get to 33.
I piled and debated and considered for hours. I deliberated on my shoes for what seemed like an eternity.
I’m a little worried about this, to be honest. This is a massive change from yesterday’s closet, and it makes me a little panicky to look at it. But, I considered carefully, and I think I can do this.
My 33 items:
tall black boots
mustard yellow flats
[as yet to be purchased black slacks]
brown corduroy skirt
gray pencil skirt
teal & black blouse
pink & gray blouse
green tank top
yellow 3/4 sleeve top
black sleeveless blouse
purple v-neck sweater
purple corduroy blazer
mustard yellow blazer
brown leather jacket
purple bead necklace
diamond anniversary necklace
blue dangly earrings
Some interesting observations: I ended up with 3 corduroy items. I’m a little worried about that– but at least I know I’ll have some texture in my wardrobe. Also, I didn’t end up necessarily keeping my newest, nicest, or most expensive things. A lot of what I kept is older, and has proven itself a favorite through the test of time.
As for the rest of the stuff that didn’t make the cut, it’s packed away in 3 big boxes, sealed and waiting for me to open them on December 1 to chose my next 33 items.
A 33-item wardrobe for 3 months? It may seem impossible, but what’s life for if not to at least attempt the impossible, right?
Are you interested in starting your own Project 333 but need a little help? Try Courtney’s Dress with Less Microcourse. It’s the perfect way to jumpstart your project and it’s less than $20– a bargain!