Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Love and Wear All the Clothes in Your Closet

In yesterday’s post about downsizing we gave the suggestion to have your stuff be “curated, culled and contained.” While we were referring to kid toys, it brought to mind Project 333 as an example of how this might look in the real world.

Project 333 is a minimalist fashion blog and experiment started by Courtney Carver. The idea is simple: Wear 33 articles of clothing (or less) for three months. According to the project’s website, those 33 items may include “clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes,” but not your “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).” What’s left over is boxed up or given away.

Carver’s site includes detailed explanations about where to start, fashion news (insofar as it affects people with hardly any clothing) and personal accounts of women and men who’ve taken on the project.

The project is great because it makes a game and builds community around doing more with less. And rather than giving people new opportunities to criticize your bland wardrobe, Carver reports:

People will not notice that you are dressing with the same 33 items for 3 months, although they may notice there is something different about how you present yourself. You will likely get more compliments. That has been my experience and that of others on this journey.

Project 333 is not about excessive frugality, deprivation and monotony. It’s about being intentional about how we shop and dress (credit esteban at dh). With some experts guess that we only wear 20% of the clothes in our closets, Project 333 challenges us to wear 100% of the clothes in our closet and love every item.

Image via Project 333