Minimalism: Project 333

coffee-1284041_1920Early on in my minimalist journey, I discovered an interesting concept. Reduce the number of clothes you use on a daily basis to reduce stress and increase efficiency.

I’d recently switched from a retail job to an office job at the time. My uniform changed from casual to business casual and most of my wardrobe became superfluous. Project 333 sounded like a promising solution.

Project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. (website here)

The rules are simple. Choose 33 items to wear over the course of three months. This gives you four ‘capsule’ wardrobes per year (I switch things up twice a year instead as it’s easier). This includes clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear, and shoes. However, sentimental jewelry (like a wedding ring), underwear, sleep wear, lounge wear, and workout clothing doesn’t count towards your total.

It seems a bit daunting at first, but trust me, it’s worth giving it a try (worst case, it doesn’t work for you and you can go back to the status quo). I gave away and donated a lot of my extra clothing, but you can just keep anything extra in storage. If you need any inspiration, look up ‘capsule wardrobe’ or ‘Project 333’ to get some ideas. Here are a few benefits I’ve discovered:

1. Everything is your favourite.
When narrowing down your wardrobe to 33 items, you end up picking the things you like most. This means you’re always wearing your favourites. It’s a big confidence boost and always makes you feel well dressed.

2. Save on time.
I no longer have to flip through tons of hangers, pulling out different outfit combinations, only to reject them. Even if I’m short on time, it’s so easy to grab something quickly, already knowing it goes with everything I own.

3. Creates your own personal style.
The more you deliberately choose pieces of clothing for your wardrobe, the more your sense of style develops. As a result, you wear stylish clothes that suit your body type on a daily basis.

4. Saves money.
When I’m considering a purchase, I always ask myself whether it will fit within my style and match the clothing I already own. It’s allowed me to shop more deliberately, rather than purchasing something I’ll never wear, simply because its on sale.

What do you do to make your life easier?