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Project 333

June 13, 2014

I recently read Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields. A couple years ago he started the modern minimalism movement. Essentially, reevaluate your life/time/possessions/relationships and keep only those things that add value or make you very happy, and get rid of the rest. One practice he brought up in his book is Project 333 by Courtney Carver. Starting June 1st I will be participating in the project. Here are the basics straight from the website.

The Basics

  • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – 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)
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I took a couple weeks in May to practice and refine my list. I tweaked the ratios then made the final decisions. Here are my 33 items:

  • 6 pairs of shoes: black dress shoes, Merrill casual shoes, Merrill running shoes, Sanuks, Hiking boots, flip flops
  • 3 pairs of casual pants: blue jeans, tan cargo pants, black pants
  • 3 pairs of dress pants: tan slacks, gray slacks, brown wool slacks
  • 6 dress shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 long sleeve t-shirt
  • 8 t-shirts
  • 1 belt
  • 1 gray North Face sweatshirt
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 pair swim shorts

I have to admit I am adding one exception: yard work clothes. For my 33 items I picked my favorite and best clothes. I don’t want them to be ruined. I am adding a grubby pair of pants, shorts, and a t-shirt exclusively for yard work and home projects. To them these items almost fall into workout clothes and would therefore be excluded anyway.

After just a couple weeks I am already feeling great about the project. Getting ready for work is much easier than before. I was tired of rifling through shirts I didn’t really like and wearing pants only because I hadn’t worn them in a week. Now I enjoy the relatively few dress clothes I have so the decisions are much simpler. I also pared down my casual clothes so I only have my very favorite pants and t-shirts. I already decided to donate big stacks of clothing I no longer wear but after this project will easily have even more items.

To join me you can check out Project 333.


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