Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Raymund Tamayo at Minimalist on Purpose.
Hi there. My name is Raymund. I’m 34 years old, a family man with two kids, and it’s no secret that I’m into simple and focused living.
Yes, I’m a husband and a father, and was already a minimalist when I discovered Project 333, but that didn’t stop me from receiving its benefits.
Early in 2013, I joined Project 333 and it was then that the worthlessness of stuff was galvanized in my consciousness. How can I say that? Consider these takeaways from my experience:
1. I found out that 33 items of clothing are more than enough for me to live a happy life. My happiness isn’t directly proportional to the size of my wardrobe.
2. Actually, it could have been less, and better, if not for my day job back then which required me to wear 5 sets of outfits every week. Even less if I discarded my corporate jacket, black leather shoes, watch, and my rarely-used cream-colored slacks. (I would have had only 19 things.)
3. No one notices what I wear week after week after week. Or maybe, I simply don’t care what they think.
4. Clothes don’t make me a better person.
5. Choosing which clothes to wear in the morning shouldn’t be on top of my head-of-the-family decision-making priorities.
6. I now wear all my clothes and everything is my favorite. It was uplifting to say the least. Unlike before where a few items here and there are occupying precious closet space.
Because of all the benefits I experienced, I never escalated back to the amount of clothing that I had before even after the 3-month challenge had ended.
Right now, my wardrobe is made up of only 25 items. I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t need clothes for me to feel that I am a better person. As long as I look respectable enough not to offend the people I interact with, it’s enough.
Simplifying my wardrobe, and my life, has allowed me to focus on personal growth and contribution to the growth of others.
And that may be the greatest lesson I learned from Project 333: Living a simple life is not about trying to seek happiness all the time. It’s about trying to make a lasting impact that can make a difference.