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Project 333


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  • Closet full of clothes

Kaitlyn, Queen's Square | January 2, 2018

Ever heard of capsule wardrobes? Minimalism? Simple living? These have been hot topics over the last year and probably will continue to be of interest in 2018. I have been interested in minimalism for some time and tried to start living a more purposeful simple life. In October 2017 I decided that I would try my hand at a challenge related to more simple living. The challenge was Project 333, started by Courtney Carver to help simplify her wardrobe in an attempt to reduce stress in her life (by the way it really did and she has been writing and speaking about her success over at In July, I saw Courtney speak and decided I needed to try this project.

Simply put, you have 33 items to wear for 3 months. On October 1st, 2017 I started my very own Project 333.

What counts in your 33? Pants, tops, sweaters, jackets, shoes, purses and jewelry (except sentimental jewelry you wear every day).

What does not count in your 33? Workout clothes, lounge wear, PJs, and all the underneath clothes. Courtney also suggests counting a work uniform as 1 item total.

Things I considered while building my own Project 333:

  • I was doing this over the fall and into a Canadian winter (boots, hat, mittens/gloves, scarf)
  • Christmas is celebrated in my family so thinking about the holidays

Now that I have completed my Project 333, what have I learned? First, it was easier than I thought and for the most part people do not notice you wear similar outfits. I barely wore some of my 33. Those items I did pick and wear were the ones I loved, so I looked great in them. Second, I am leaning away from patterns and more toward solid colours which makes it easier for me to mix and match. Finally I realized overall I really do not need all the clothes I have in my closet. Once this winter season is through I may donate or toss some of the items I didn’t wear at all. Want to join me for the next three months?

Courtney Carver published Soulful Simplicity in December. Feel free to check it out!

Soulful Simplicity

Interested in reading more about minimalism and clutter, check out:

Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life  The More of Less  Year of No Clutter: A Memoir  Organized Simplicity: The Clutter Free Approach to Intentional Living


Submitted by kim (not verified) on

What a cool idea. That being said, I don't think I even own 33 items of clothing for each season!