Have you ever heard about Project 333? It sounds like some X classified file, right?
Actually it is an initiative to raise awareness about the fast fashion, consumerism and materialism of our societies and challenges us to live in a minimalist way by reducing our belongings: it is about learning to live for 3 months with 33 pieces of clothing (including accessories, shoes and coats). At the end of these 3 months, modify your clothes to adapt them to the new season (remove coats, add bikinis) and ready.
Do you want more time in the morning to do productive things? Simplify your life? Are you a compulsive buyer and want to self-challenge?
Maybe Project 333 can bring you a very positive change in your life. For me, it did.
If you need very strong rules and regulations to achieve the challenge, you can go directly to the pages of the 333 project where they will explain you more in detail what you can include in the 33 pieces, what not, etc.
If you are like me and, with what I have explained to you, you caught the idea and want to take action now (yeah!), I will explain how to simplify your clothes closet:
Discard items that do not count:
Neither the sportswear, nor the underwear, nor the accessories that we always wear, count (a ring or bracelet that we never remove, for example).
Take out all your clothes of the season to come:
All I put it on top of the bed, I stared at it and I got scared. Two things happened to me: the first thing is that I realized I had all these clothes and, when it came down to it, every week I used very few of them. The second is that there are a lot of people having a hard time, parents who do not have enough money to renovate their children’s wardrobe, and look at me, with clothes that I almost never wear …
How many pieces of clothing do you have to keep from each?
Good question. It depends a lot on your preferences when it comes to dressing and the season, obviously. More or less my account was this:
- 6 jerseys or jackets
- 6 t-shirts or tops
- 4 pants
- 4 dresses or skirts
- 2 coats
- 2 scarves
- 3 pairs of shoes
- 4 jewelry accessories
- 2 bags
Remove what you have never put on:
Or a few times. It was hard for me to do more than I thought, but let’s not kid ourselves: if you have not put on this hat in years, no matter how cool it is and how good you look with it, you will never put it on.
Remove items hard to match with:
Garments that, by color or style, are difficult to match with the rest of your wardrobe. Prefer versatile items.
Remove the garments of poor quality:
These jerseys that make fuzz, this holed shirt … Try to stay with the clothes of better quality and in good condition.
Separate your “favorites”:
Your basics, your untouchables, on one side separated by category (pants, shirt, accessory, etc.)
Fill each category of “favorites” with the other items:
Do you have 2 favorite pants? Add 2 more pants that are of color, cut or different use for example, to get to the figure you marked yourself.
Place everything in the closet again:
Well ordered. Maybe you find something empty now but I assure you that the eye gets used to it!
Make a review:
Count the garments, check that in your closet combine everything and that allows you both to go to the beach and attend a meeting with clients or go out with your partner at night.
Take out your most generous and supportive side:
Put in bags the clothes that can be reused and you no longer use them. Ask around you if someone knows a family that needs it, that has your size or a daughter, a child that has it. For these cases, social networks like Facebook do miracles. I of the “solidarity” containers, I do not trust very much …
The first days, this new way of managing my closet, choosing my clothes, I found it somewhat uncomfortable. Especially because I was very aware of all the clothes I was leaving “outside” and still thought I needed this or that. But I got used quickly and started to find new possibilities and new combinations with a little creativity.
And now what have I simplified my clothes closet, I never buy anything again?
It is assumed that no, or that if you add a garment to your wardrobe is to replace another and so always stay at 33.
But let’s be honest here, I do go shopping (bad, very bad!) But be careful, not in the same way. If before I was little to buy, now even less. Always before buying something I reflect on whether I really need it or it is a pure whim. I try not to buy in big brands of fast fashion but in designer shops, handmade or proximity: more expensive but also more sustainable, ethical or quality.
As you can see, the 333 project has fulfilled its function: to make me think about my buying habits and what I really need to live and be happy. And I’m telling you that it’s not the latest fashion accessory 😉