Less Than 33 is Ok Too

If you just started Project 333, dressing with less may be a struggle. I hope the following information will encourage you to stick with it.

When I first started this project in October of 2010, I didn’t think I would survive with only 33 items in my closet. It’s amazing how easy it is to get used to a new normal. Today, it’s a challenge for me to use all 33 items.

Here is my current list of 31. (The items in italics haven’t been worn yet.)

Accessories (8)

  • Sunglasses
  • Purse
  • Laptop Bag
  • Hat
  • Cross Bracelet
  • Bracelet (anniversary gift for 5th anniversary)
  • Gray/White Scarf
  • Green Scarf

Shoes (3)

  • Flip Flops
  • Black Flats
  • Purple Heels

Bottoms (5)

  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • White Capris
  • Short Skirt
  • Long Skirt

Tops (10)

  • Black Cardigan
  • Brown/White Striped Shirt
  • Denim Button Down
  • Black Tank
  • Gray Ruffle Shirt
  • Black/Tan Shirt
  • Black Wrap Shirt
  • Cream Sweater
  • Black/White Shirt
  • Blue/White Shirt

Coats/Jackets (3)

  • Black Blazer
  • Cream Blazer
  • Black Rain Coat

Dresses (2)

  • Orange/White Dress
  • Cream Colored Dress

I could easily take 5 more pieces out of this collection and get dressed everyday without a problem.

Other changes I’ve noticed while dressing with less …

  • Catalogs don’t make it pass the trash can on the way in from the mailbox.
  • Sales, Groupons, and coupons have no influence on my purchasing habits.
  • I don’t walk through clothing stores or sections wondering what I need.
  • I don’t compare what I wear to what you wear.
  • I always have something to wear.
  • Shopping is not a hobby or recreational activity.

Dressing with less has changed my closet. Living with less has changed my life.

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6 Responses to “Less Than 33 is Ok Too”

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  1. Sheri says:

    I’m really enjoying Project 333 so far! I am going to do June 1 – August 1 for my summer period. I’ve already posted my list to my blog and friends have been very supportive. I thought they’d make fun of me but they think it’s great. It really helps prioritize what is absolutely essential in your wardrobe! A few things I thought I had to have but realize now that I don’t. Shoes are a good example; I only need a few. I recently took a vacation for a week and I made a “spring” 333 list and basically took that with me, except for 3 items that didn’t fit. There were 4 items I didn’t even use. Thanks for a great idea; I originally only meant to do this for summer but I think I might be able to stick with it for good!

  2. Dion West says:

    Love Project 333 and the philosophy of how having less can create more in one’s life. My good friend just started a men’s apparel company with that in mind — a wrinkle free pant to bridge the gap between work and play that can be worn several days in a row. He ‘s got a great video and just launched on Kickstarter if anyone is interested.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/594084262/pants-by-bluff-works?ref=live

  3. Pearl says:

    I am away from home for a bit more than two months–May 30 through August 7–and carrying less than 33 pieces. Making it all work for touring, traveling, teaching, researching, and presenting at a conference.

  4. Janet says:

    There is a website at http://www.catalogchoice.org where you can request that specific catalogs you receive not be sent to you anymore. It has really lightened my load from the mailbox to the house – Also, if you ever start to want to get any of the catalogs again, you can remove it from don’t send status. Save a forest!

  5. Rachel says:

    I’ve never been into clothes that much. I can get by with only 24 items easily. Books will pose a bigger problem when I really downsize my library. 9 accessories not counting glasses, 2 dresses, 2 coats, 2 pairs of shoes, 4 bottoms, and 5 tops. I could add another pair of shoes, but they don’t fit right, making them something I hate to wear. I love Dr. Scholl’s all purpose shoes with the zippers!

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