Project 333 in Action: Raymund

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Raymund Tamayo at Minimalist on Purpose.

Raymund

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.

Raymund Tamayo writes at Minimalist on Purpose, where he shares about simplifying life to discover one’s life purpose. You can follow him on Twitter.

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  1. LLH says:

    Hmm, it might be time for me to finally try P333. My winter wardrobe is already under 33 anyway, but I know my summer wardrobe will need a lot of work. It’s so easy to keep extra t-shirts with the reasoning that they don’t take up much room, but I have to admit that they add to the mental clutter. I don’t think 33 is the right number for me, but I guess I have 3 months to figure out what is :)

  2. Hello Raymund, Nice to read your guest post here! I like keeping my wardrobe to s minimum. When I was working I was able to wear business casual and that type of style worked for pretty much everything in my life (I’m retired now, but it still does). I definitely want comfort in my clothes – I think that being comfortable not only feels better, but it makes you more aware and productive. At least once I year, I weed out any clothes that I am no longer wearing and give them away. Good post! Cheers!

  3. Meri says:

    Hi Raymund!
    It’s true that people only really notice how many things you wear at work. At least people who are not too busy working to count your outfits! I have come up with a sort of formula for dressing at work. Not quite a uniform, but things that can be combined in many ways. The biggest challenge was the different lengths of pants for shoes. I’m gradually eliminating any higher heels. So much more comfortable, too!

  4. Heather says:

    Raymund!!! You are one of my favorite new simple blogs to read. Glad to see you here. :)

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