Declutter Your Life with Oprah Magazine and Be More with Less


My simplicity journey started with an MS diagnosis in 2006. This unexpected wake up call grew into a desire to be happier, healthier and more in love with everything in my life. That meant getting rid of everything I didn’t love.

  • the meat
  • the junk
  • the busyness
  • the clutter
  • the shopping
  • the stress
  • the job
  • the excess

Declutter your life with challenges and experiments

By getting rid of everything that didn’t matter, I made room for everything that did, largely thanks to Project 333, a minimalist fashion challenge I created that helped me determine what enough really looked like.

When I shared Project 333 and challenged people to join me, I didn’t know what to expect. I mostly thought people would think I was crazy. And some did. I also thought people might think that dressing with 33 items or less for 3 months was extreme. And some did.

The best part was that most people thought it was interesting, challenging and fun and joined the challenge. And then they started to share their capsule wardrobes, stories of dressing with less, and unique Project 333 experiences. People are practicing Project 333 in more than 45 states in the US and 40 countries around the world.

You gave this minimalist fashion project wings, and the world took notice. Project 333 has been featured in Unclutter Your Life by the Associated Press on,, and other print and online venues. It’s also been on, on countless beautiful blogs, and in other awesome articles.

Declutter your life with O, The Oprah Magazine.

I’m thrilled to announce that Project 333 and Be More with Less are featured in the March 2014 issue of The Oprah Magazine along with other awesome challenges, tips, and ideas to declutter your life with the new rules of decluttering. So many new people are visiting this site because of the article and I’m so grateful.

  • If you are here because of the article, welcome!
  • If you are just hearing about the article for the first time, check out the Declutter Your Life March issue of The Oprah Magazine. (Page 110)

Declutter your life right now

If you are overwhelmed with the idea of getting started because your junk drawer is overflowing and your closet is exploding, take a deep breath and start somewhere. Here are a few ideas to help:

Declutter your life with a little help

You are not alone on this journey and I’d love to help. Subscribe for more help to declutter and simplify your life. Join and follow the Be More with Less Facebook page, say hi on Twitter.

You can find books and courses and almost 500 archived articles. Most importantly, always let me know how I can be helpful.

I’m not perfect. I haven’t arrived or finished, and I still have so much to learn, but together we can make this simplicity adventure even more fun and rewarding.


Thanks to your interest and feedback, I’m creating something new: Zero to 100, a microcourse for beginning bloggers. This is going to be an affordable, simple guide to the most important elements of beginning blogging. If you are interested and have questions or struggles, please share here.


  1. says

    Whether it’s simplifying your wardrobe or launching your beautiful blog, following Courtney is like following the North Star. Oprah sure knows how to pick ’em! Go Courtney!

  2. says

    Congrats! Being featured like that is really cool. I’ll have to look for the magazine next time I’m out. You’re blog is one of the ones that helped me get started and stay committed to my own decluttering efforts that eventually made it possible of me to downsize to a smaller place closer to work.

    • Courtney Carver says

      So nice to hear and glad I could have a part in your awesome efforts. Thanks for your kind words!

  3. Judi says

    love your blog – read it all the time = thanks
    can’t wait to get my O magazine in the mail – what a score

  4. Rebecka says

    Congratulations from Sweden (I’m not a new reader, I think I found your blog a year ago via! :)

    • Courtney Carver says

      Thanks Lauren, you’ll have to let me know what you think of the article. The whole section has great tips and challenges.

  5. says

    Congratulations Courtney! You’ve put such beautiful energy into helping others find greater simplicity in their life and thus more happiness, relaxation, and space for the goodness. You so deserve this!

  6. says

    And don’t forget you don’t only reach people from the USA but from other countries aswell!
    I’m from Spain and I’m sure it has to feel amazing to help people from so far away. Internet is awesome.

  7. Charlotte says

    I picked this magazine up because I am trying to get rid of clutter. I am just starting but it was wonderful to see the article on you. I just started following-thanks for all the inspiration and Congratulations.

  8. says

    Dear Courtney,

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you.
    I have learned so many things from your blog. It has changed my perspective in so many ways.

    In March, I’ll be joining your Project 333. Your microcourse is also what I (desperately?) need to improve my blogging.

    All the best!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Thanks Kité. You’ll have to let me know how it goes with Project 333 and tell me if I can help.

  9. says

    Congratulations! I started reading your blog after you were nominated for Blog of the Year at Midway Simplicity. Although I’ve already done my own version of Project 333, I’ve found so many of your archived articles and those cool blue boxed messages so helpful.

    • Courtney Carver says

      J – so good to know. I really appreciate the feedback and am thrilled to here you did a wardrobe experiment of your own. Thank you!

  10. says

    Wow, Courtney! I can’t wait to pick up the magazine. My journey to living with less is still in the beginning stages, but you have been an inspiration and your website has been a wealth of information. Thanks for sharing.

  11. says

    How exciting and congrats! It’s so wonderful to see such a great project and person like yourself featured to really show the world that’s it okay to have less stuff! Thanks Courtney, you rock!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Thanks Gay! I am excited, but it is so much more fun to share it when people like you are celebrating with me.

  12. MelD says

    I am no longer a magazine junkie with piles of paper – however, I do occasionally buy a magazine on my ipad.
    O is available electronically – it also costs less than the paper version :)

  13. Teri says

    After surviving terminal cancer, I knew I wanted to declutter mentally, emotionally, and my surroundings/possessions. Your blog has been a HUGE part of that! And decluttering for me has been healing. Thank you friend for unbeknownst helping to,change my life!

  14. says

    Wow, Courtney. Look at the outpouring of support. It’s no wonder: you’ve been making a huge impact for years … and now even Oprah has caught up to it.

    You deserve all the exposure you get (and then some). Way to go!