Quick Start Guides for Project 333

Phase 2 of minimalist fashion Project 333 starts on January 1st. The following information will be helpful if you are joining in, or continuing your journey of living with less. Take a look at one of the following quick start guides and then get started…quick.

The Basics

  • When: January 1 – March 31, 2011 (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or other sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of site.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

Quick Start Guides For Project 333

First Timers

This is for those of you new to Project 333. You may have just heard about it, or perhaps you have been quietly watching others live with less for the past three months and you are ready to jump in.

  1. Take inventory. I recommend the How to Make Space approach.
  2. Working with your “I Love” pile of clothing, start to build your wardrobe. It will help to make a list on paper.
  3. Consider signature items like a trench coat or pair of boots. Your signature item might be your sunglasses. You will find that having one well made version of something will be far better than 10 of the knock-off.
  4. Once you start dressing with less, pay less attention to what you are wearing, or not wearing and more attention to something more important.
  5. You are welcome to incorporate some of the Bonus Rules but I highly recommend starting with The Basics – listed above.
  6. Get connected and ask questions. The Project 333 community is awesome! I’ve included a few important links below to help.

Starting Phase 2

This is for those of you who have some experience with Project 333. You completed the first three months and really enjoy dressing with less. You may find that you have more time and space and even that you’ve uncovered your personal style.

  1. Donate any items from your current collection that haven’t been worn.
  2. Start building your new wardrobe with items in your current collection. What will make the cut for the next 3 months? Consider what will fit the season and what you love to wear.
  3. Box up whatever is not coming with you for the next three months, and mark the box accordingly so you can consider the same items for next October – December. (or store for Spring if more appropriate).
  4. Make your new list. You have great experience to build your list. What will you change from the first attempt?
  5. Stay connected and ask questions. The Project 333 community is awesome! I’ve included a few important links below to help. Encourage new members and let me know how I can help.
  6. Take a look at the new Bonus Rules. Love them or leave them.

She’s making her list and checking it twice. (Please sing to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

I am starting my new list. It won’t be complete until next week but here is where I was and what I’m bringing with me for next three months.  I am still on the fence about a few items. On the new site, theproject333.com (coming soon), I will get more specific in terms of what I am actually wearing and how you can find it if you like it.

  1. Jeans – made the cut but need a size smaller.
  2. Black Skinny Pants – made the cut.
  3. Black Dress Pants – made the cut but need a size smaller.
  4. Denim Dress Pants – made the cut.
  5. Black Short Sleeve Shirt – Black Flowers on Collar – Storing for Fall
  6. Black Tank – Wheat Flowers on Collar – Storing for Spring
  7. Wheat Colored Ruffled Sweater – Storing for Spring
  8. Red Dressy Cami
  9. Black Buttoned Down Shirt- Silver Buttons – made the cut
  10. Black Sweater
  11. Gray Blazer – made the cut
  12. Brown Leather Bomber Jacket – storing for Spring
  13. Classic Tan Trench Coat – made the cut
  14. Black Gray Sleeveless Dress
  15. Black Sleeveless Dress – made the cut
  16. Black Skirt – too big. Donating.
  17. Black/White Long Sleeve Shirt – made the cut
  18. Black Long Sleeve Shirt
  19. White Long Sleeve Shirt
  20. White Wrap Shirt – beautiful Ralph Lauren crisp white shirt but it’s too big now. Donating.
  21. Gray Wrap Sweater – will store for next fall
  22. Bracelet – made the cut
  23. Necklace – made the cut
  24. Purple Scarf – made the cut
  25. Gray Pashmina – made the cut
  26. Purse
  27. Sunglasses
  28. Hat
  29. Gloves – made the cut
  30. Black Boots – No Heel – made the cut
  31. Black Suede Short Boots
  32. Purple Heels – will toss (love these shoes but they are worn out)
  33. Black Flats – Storing for Spring

Other helpful information

  • Project 333 is designed for men and women of all ages and lifestyles.
  • I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. During Phase 1, I had temperatures ranging from 95 degrees to 15 degrees. This can be done throughout extreme weather variations.
  • This is not a project in suffering. If you need to create a version of Project 333 that works better for you, do it.
  • People will not notice that you are dressing with the same 33 items for 3 months, although they may notice there is something different about how you present yourself.  You will likely get more compliments. That has been my experience and that of others on this journey.

Get Connected with the Project 333 Community





  1. says

    Above all else I always enjoy YOUR list (it is a great guide, actually) and the rundown of who is who and where they are writing about their experiences. Thank you for jumpstarting us again today!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Em, If you want to wear workout clothing as part of your daily wear, you can, but you have to count it as part of your 33. If you only wear it to workout, you don’t have to. Hope that makes sense.

  2. says

    Thanks for this, Courtney! I’m planning to look through my clothes next week. The only thing I’m worried about it that I am currently unemployed, and may have a job by then. But perhaps I just have to be more confident, and people won’t care or notice if I wear the same items over and over. (Or, it means I need – and want! – a job where I can wear my everyday clothes.)

    • Courtney Carver says

      Lisa, I would for sure incorporate clothes that you can work in, even if you aren’t working now. It will help you set the intention and before you know it, you will be landing a great job. Will you keep me posted on that?

      • says

        Yeah, definitely. It makes sense to think ahead with this project, since we don’t always know the changes to come. (And, like you said, confidence and planning mean a lot.)

  3. e says

    Awesome and clear instructions! I am so excited for phase II. I am going to mix my items up pretty significantly, I think, to give some of my other clothing a chance at the spotlight.

    I commented on a previous post to say that I was having trouble donating the items I’d boxed up before Phase I – I can proudly say that I took a second, more brutal, pass at the boxes and I am down to about 1/3 of the clothing I had before I started with the 333 challenge. It feels great and I am really thankful, Courtney, for the push this challenge is giving me.


    • says

      Yippee Yoo E! I am so glad this project speaks to you. Let me know anytime I can help. Can’t wait to see your final list!! Please post it back here or on the Facebook Page. Or..if you don’t want to do it publicly, email me. 😉

      • e says

        I will probably just break down and join the Facebook page! :) I promise I will post my list somewhere this time….

  4. Michelle says

    I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Do the 33 items need to encompass all seasons? What about gear – biking, skiing, etc. – does that count as workout?

    • Courtney Carver says

      Michelle, The 33 items are for 3 months. You can rebuild every three months if you live in an area with 4 seasons that demands it. I consider my ski, biking, hiking gear as workout clothes but I do not wear ANY of it except to workout.

  5. Eva says

    Oh, I so need this project! The piled clothes in my wardrobe are a constant stress. I don’t need my work clothes until February though, but I will need to count them- so I’ll be working with even less until then. Also, it’s unseasonably here in Australia at the moment but will be much hotter in a few weeks-adding another level of difficulty. Love a challenge :)

  6. says

    The concept of Project333 intrigues me.

    Regardless of a minimalist lifestyle or not, it gives you the opportunity to stop and look at all of the excess you have, and how it is possible to “right-size” your wardrobe, in this case, if not your entire life.

    With a possible move from SoCal to NY in the next 90 days, this might offer some challenges, but ones I will see if I can manage through.

    If I can work this into my life, I will toss it up on my blog and shoot you a link for the list. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Justin, Please stay in touch and let me know how it works for you. The other interesting thing to me has been that by creating a very small wardrobe, on purpose, you end up dressing better than you did before.

  7. says

    I’m a first timer and will be joining in, actually I may have a bit of a head-start (maybe not, it may surprise me when I actually start counting, you always have more than you think you do) I haven’t done an inventory yet, but my closet is a bit bare to say the least. I’ve been known to borrow the Hubby’s underwear due to lack of supplies (I know – gruesome) but it seems it’s not counted? I may have to count my wedding ring in the 33 as I rarely wear it now (forget most days) so although not in your guidelines to count, it is something that’s removed. I could always scrap it – gold prices are really high at the moment (yes I am joking if the Hubby’s reading). Your project will give me the impetus to do the count – which I have been putting off. Robyn wrote a fab post and made me laugh with ‘Jeans are for suckers’ – I wear two pairs in rotation pretty much all week! Finally (sorry mega long comment) I gave both of you a shout out on my blog yesterday ref this fun and worthwhile project. Jo

  8. says

    Loving the project. And you are absolutely right, this can be done throughout extreme weather conditions (I’m down to 33 pieces myself and ready for anything – from Danish winters (-12 celcius right now) to the beaches of Thailand (30+ celcius),

    Now I’m just crossing my fingers you’ll make up more projects like this one, so we can get rid of more unnecessary stuff.

  9. says

    This was a great post! Thanks so much for the quick start guide for us “newbies”. :) Seeing your list is a nice place to start, as well. Really looking forward to January 1!

  10. says

    “This is not a project in suffering.” You are an inspiration, Courtney! Wonderful way to help others start off the New Year’s. Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. :)

  11. bev smith says

    I started down sizing my wardrobe about 2 years ago, partly because i never seemed too have anything to wear, that went together and partly because i needed a working wardrobe spending as little money as possible. Now i’ve found that i’ve overdone it a little and really need to go shopping and add a couple of things and replace a couple that have worn out. Trying to get my adult daughters to join in the 333 project on the basis of less clothes – less washing and i think its a great idea.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Bev, Please let me know if you do this with your daughters. I would love to hear how it goes.

  12. says

    I am so very excited to start phase two! As a woman who used to have enough clothes to fill three closets (I kid you not) and owned over 33 pairs of shoes, it is so freeing to live with less and to finally have control over my wardrobe. Especially seeing as how nowadays I am more concerned with washing cloth diapers than I am with washing tons of clothes I don’t need. I learned my lesson last time, however, if you are a mama of a particularly messy baby, you may not want to fill your wardrobe full of beautiful, but dry clean only suits and dresses, not the wisest choice, I must admit ;).

    I am thinking of getting my mama group to join me in Project 333 this time around, we’ll see how this goes :). Thank you for the constant dose of inspiration sent to my email. I have really been needing it lately, especially when the grandparents refused to listen and sent the darling baby far too many gifts that we now must give away…

    In Christ,
    Anne Marie

  13. says

    Dear Courtney,

    i have a question for you. i am quite intruiged to try out project 333. what is the end result of this project going to be? are we going to continue with 33 items eventually or we will keep rotating the stuff every 3 months or is this just for 3 months and then we decide how to go on from there?
    i mean i really want to know what happens next? i hope you understood my question.


    • Courtney Carver says

      Neetika, That is a great question. To be honest, I didn’t have a long term plan, exit strategy or otherwise when I started Project 333. For me it will be a lifestyle change. I can’t imagine to going back to the way things were before I emptied my closet!

      I hope to create 4 seasonal capsule wardrobes that I can use throughout the year. I am sure it will take some time to get them just right but I love the idea.

  14. says

    hi Courtney, Merry Christmas to you and your readers! I’ve been following this since Phase I and was telling my kids about it last night. Awesome idea! They pointed out that I should join Phase 2 because I have less than 33 items per season after all our purging (our weather in Manitoba ranges from -40 to 40+ and I’m a wimp so I’ve been known to wear almost 33 things just to go outside in Dec, Jan,Feb!) I always had tons of stuff, but once I cleared out everything that I loved looking at but never actually wore, surprise! I’m looking forward to doing laundry (can’t believe I typed that, lol!) and then sitting down and counting and making a list.

  15. says

    Wow, this is kinda funky! I’m intrigued by this idea of simplifying your life, it seems fun and yet it’s for an immense cause, like eating yummy food that’s good for you 😉

    First time I’ve been on this website and I like what I’m seeing so far, kudos to you. Look forward to reading more!

  16. joe says

    I like the idea but not sure if I can do it.
    Do we have to count our work uniform clothes, because my work gave me 4 shirts and 3 pairs of pants. They were issued by my job and they do the dry cleaning. Anyway, I only wear them to work, I don’t own them, so do I have to count them???
    Because if i count them, that means I only have 26 pieces of clothing to choose from :-(

    • joe says

      Ok I’m in !!!!
      I actually put my box in the closet yesterday so I guess I am starting one day early LOL
      Things I am not counting:
      Uniforms – i don’t own them so why count them??
      Wedding Ring
      Underwear/Long Underwear
      Bracelet – i never take it off, i don’t have any tattoos and if I did I wouldn’t count them
      Workout Clothes
      Housecoat – lounging clothes
      Old Work Clothes (im getting exercise so I’m counting that as workout stuff) – Have some old pants-shirts-shorts for painting, yardwork, etc

      My list is shoes/sandles/boots/some pants/t-shirts/sweaters/belt/sunglasses/gloves/ scarf/wallet/shorts/tank top/jackets and coats/toque/

      Good luck everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  17. Mathilde says

    Hello Courtney, this is Mathilde from the fitness challenge forum! I’m starting phase 1 at 1st of january 2011. I’ve started to select clothing items and I’m nearly at 33. What about shoes? Are they included in the 33 items? If your answer is yes, I might start suffering…Merry Christmas Courtney

    • Courtney Carver says

      Hello Mathilde! So glad to hear from you. Yes, shoes do count in the 33. For this past round, I had four pair and I am thinking either three or four for the next. Let me know if you want help with your list!

      • Mathilde says

        Hello Courtney. I haven’t finished my list yet, but I put away 2 big bags of clothes and my wardrobe is really clarified. But I’m still around 45 with the shoes, jackets and jewels. Tell me : why 33?
        I also made a list of 33 “cosmetics”, and this was a lot easier, although I kept 6 lipsticks and 2 mascaras…

        • Courtney Carver says

          Mathilde – I have found 33 to be enough. I wanted to choose a number that would be challenging and force me to find out what I really need. As it turns out, 33 is not limiting at all. The number is not the big goal, but it helps to define what is manageable and important. Not to mention, I like the sound of Project 333 more than Project 345. 😉

          I am a confessed cosmetic junky so I would love to see your list of 33 there too!

  18. Betty Sheridan says

    I just read about this project in today’s paper and I’m intrigued. It sounds like something I will enjoy doing. I shared it with my college-age granddaughter, but she said, “No way! I have even more clothes on the way that I just bought with my Christmas money!” After our big family dinner today, I’m going to make my list and get started on Phase I. Question: I’m a retired RN and only plan to do occasional PRN work at the hospital. Do I have to include my scrubs in my list of 33? My nursing shoes? Thanks for the inspiration, and Merry Christmas a day late.

  19. Courtney Carver says

    Betty, What paper did you read about Project 333? I’m so glad you saw it and welcome. As I always mention, this is not a project in suffering but in learning to live with less. You may try including your scrubs and nursing shoes and adding other items in if you find it to restrictive. Interestingly, many participants never used all 33 items during the 3 months.

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  20. says

    I am way behind everyone being that it is December 26th but I have thought of doing this recently and now is the time to start. Off to my closet to find what my 33 items would be. I look forward to coming back to read others posting. I have posted my plan on my blog site and have referred to you and this project.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Grace, You aren’t behind! This is perfect timing. Can’t wait to check in on your blog to see your list.

  21. says

    Definitely looking forward to this. On my list of things to start in my 28-day challenge (http://nerdfitness.com/community/showthread.php?1322-Justin-s-first-challenge).

    So, tonight starts my categorization and start to box things up. I have two things going for me, and one against me. For me, I live in Southern California where I will hardly ever need more than a light jacket. Also, I have a casual work environment, so jeans/tshirts me everyday.

    The one thing against me, we have a week long trip to Central New York planned at the beginning of January. Better have some layers for that!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. says

    OK, I’m in. Today is the evaluation and list making day. My girls are going to help because they have a much better eye for what goes together. I think because it is blue it matches. (Don’t all blues match?) My list will be up on my blog tomorrow (Wednesday 12/29/2010).

    • Courtney Carver says

      Lorna, Please send me a link or post it on the Facebook page. facebook.com/project333

      PS…I think most blue stuff goes together! 😉

  23. Lesley says

    I just heard about your project and am going to go for it. I suspect I wear less than 33 items of clothing (I am in a terrible rut), but have so many in my closet that I am not sure. This will bring more thoughtfulness into how I present myself rather than tossing on what ever catching my eye in the morning. Thanks!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Lesley, I hope this helps with your rut. If not, let me know what you think is keeping you there. I may have some suggestions.

      • Lesley says

        I have selected 30 or so of my items, but am still debating the benefits of another necklace (I always wear a necklace.) versus another top or sweater. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had a well-coordinated core wardrobe that I just couldn’t see for all the clothes for all the seasons in one place. I suspect that was also the cause of my rut; I was wearing the easiest and most obvious things because I simply couldn’t see other and better options. The selection process has already helped me to see possibilities that I had been completely unaware of and to begin using this approach immediately. Thanks again for the challenge!

  24. vespa says

    I want to join the project. I do have some questions about the list. Sunglasses? I don’t consider them clothes. They live in my purse and I wear them when I need them. I have work out clothes, too many I know. I sometimes ride a Vespa (hence my name for posting) for the scoot I have boots, armored jacket and heavier jeans and helmet. I don’t think they count as clothes. I’m a nurse (like Betty) I wear hospital provided scrubs so no work clothes, clogs that live at work so I don’t think I’ll count those.

    • says

      Too many excuses for adding extra clothes if you ask me. Give it a try with 33 pieces in total, including sunglasses, motorcycle clothes and work clothes. It can be done.

  25. Courtney Carver says

    Sunglasses are accessories and accessories are part of the 33. Workout clothes don’t count as long as you only wear them to workout. Most participants count work clothes, but do what works best for you. Welcome aboard!

    The exception is prescription glasses. They do not count.

  26. Matilda says

    This is EXACTLY what I need right now. I stumbled upon your page via a blog, and immediately decided that I’ll be joining the 333 project.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  27. Eileen says

    I’m in. I’ve got my list. I need to add four things to bring it up to 33. I’m in also in SLC, and need swim/ski/snowshoe/bike clothes. I’m considering these ‘workout’ clothes. I’m also not counting my Buddhist robes (5 pieces) in the 33 total.

  28. vespa says

    As I was starting to select the 33 items today, I like that it is a 3 month project. Many of the items removed from my closet were spring/summer items. I will switch out winter for spring at the end of March. I haven’t counted yet but I am probably over 33. I will continue to select till I am at 33 and will then post my list.

    • Sheri says

      Actually…replying to my own post…have decided to go ahead and jump in for the full 3 months…33 items…now if I can just limit my earring selection!!! 😉

  29. Vespa says

    Ok so far I will keep my black trench coat, scarf, some jeans, sweaters, shirts, 2skirts, pretty simple. I wear very little jewelry and accessories. Do I count t shirts. I wear them everyday but for me they are like underwear, there is always a button shirt or sweater over them. I am very cold by nature. I wear tights everyday in winter to keep warm. Do these count? I have purged cosmetics a few few months ago and am way below 33. My daily routine is tinted moisturizer and lip balm. I still need to figure out shoes.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Vespa – Tshirts count but tights do not. Long underwear doesn’t count either, maybe that will help keep you warm! 😉

  30. Amanda says

    I found your website and the Project 333 by way of a couple other blogs I’ve been reading on minimalism. I’ve been getting rid of “stuff” for the past two weeks and decided to go for it and join the project! I’ve been through my closet 3 times just getting rid of clothes – especially the ones I kept saying “Oh, I might wear that this year.” Ha!

    I am pretty close to having my 33 items and have been experimenting with wearing different items this week to see what’s doable. The one thing I am going to “cheat” on are my diamond stud earrings and my cross necklace my husband gave to me when I was baptized. I’m not into accessorizing my outfits, and I never take my necklace and earrings off unless I clean them, so I guess I may be doing the “35 item” challenge. We’ll see when I finalize my list tomorrow!

    BTW – my husband noticed that I “liked” your FB page the other day and said “You’re not going to do THAT are you???” I suspect he thinks I’ve gone off the deep end with my “house purging” and now the “project”! (His side of the closet has WAY more clothes than mine does!)

    Thanks for the inspiriation to simplify my life!!!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Amanda, That’s great. I know in the beginning, my husband probably thought I was a little crazy but now he is on board! He loves how the house feels with less.

      Many participants found that they didn’t even use all 33 items, so you might be surprised that you have enough even with your earrings and necklace. Keep me posted!

  31. says

    Six years ago i weighed 8stone (112 lbs) more then i do now. As i lost weight i bought new clothes but just enough to keep me going. So i didnt have the problem of what to keep and what to share when it comes to clothes because i really dont have that many. In fact when i looked through my things, removed the ones that were too big, too small, and worn out i really didnt have that many left.

    So this is my list

    green/blue skirt

    green sweater

    white vest top

    long grey skirt

    red patterned blouse

    grey swing jacket

    grey marl skirt

    lilac stripped shirt

    purple swing cardiagan/jacket

    blue trousers

    brown cord trousers

    purple top

    purple tunic

    white long sleeve top

    white short sleeved t-shirt

    blue jumper

    white vest top

    purple winter coat

    purple tights

    black shoes with heels



    lilac shawl

    stripped scarf

    hat and gloves

    So thats 26 and thats all i have.

    I’ve taken out the following brown sweater (too big), blue sweater (too big) cream sweater (has holes), light green swing coat (doesnt fit, been waiting 3 yrs), grey t-shirt (gone baggy)

    Need to add

    grey/black dress pants

    white shirt

    jean/cord skirt

    jeans (mine have worn out and split :))

    flat shoes – bought these

    red sweater

    brown sweater – replacement

    cream sweater – replacement

    that would bring it to 33

    Things not included



    sports wear

    workwear – uniform

    jewellery – i have 4 pairs of earrings and 2 necklaces

    Was hoping to buy these things before the project re-started on the 1st Jan but ive been ill in bed for 3 weeks and have struggled to make it through christmas. However that said, i will endeavour to get them before the end of january.

  32. mathilde says

    Hi Courtney, I’ll post my cosmetics list later. I had a real good time reading your post about cosmetics :)! It gave me the idea to reduce mine, because 33 seemed easier to me with cosmetics than with clothes. I’m not as addict to it as you seem to be, but my two elder sisters have even more than you, bathroom full. I can’t figure out how much money they’ve spent on it in their life… at least a new car-worth I guess.

  33. Mathilde says

    No it wasn’t on purpose at all, for it wasn’t 3:33 am in France at all!!
    I guess this is a sign, just before New Year, that I definitely HAVE to join the project…

    • Mathilde says

      Well I put my cosmetic list twice in a comment but it doesn’t work, it seems…maaybe it was too long?

      • Mathilde says

        I created a blog: http://simplify-me.overblog.com
        there a page called “liste de mes cosmétiques” where you can find my cosmetic list both in french and english.
        I will soon add my clothes list there. But I confess I’m not including shoes and jewels. Although I have less than 10 items of each categorie, it would be like taking both my arms away if I had to include them. Not possible. But I decided not to buy a new pair of boots, which is already a great decision for me.
        I’ve cut down wy ward robe by half and It increases my inner peace level A LOT! The effect is amazing, really.
        Hope I can make the trip with you all even if I’m not following the rule strictly

  34. Alex says

    I counted tights into my 33 things, which means I am left with 31 items. Honestly, I have everything figured out so perfectly that I cannot bear another moment of doubt. I guess I’m going to cheat and leave 2 spots open. I doubt I will need to fill those spots unless there is going to be a big turn in my life. Yes, that’s what I am going to do, I will leave 2 spots for an upcoming opportunity because this year is going to be a year of optimism and major life changes = )

    I noticed majority of people whose lists I have read so far are in their 30s or older.
    So for a change, I decided to post mine. A little background info: I’m an 18 year old college student, and I live in Pennsylvania. So here’s my list:

    long black coat
    royal blue pea coat
    white puffer coat
    black straight leg velvet pants
    black skinny velvet pants
    navy straight leg ripped jeans
    light blue skinny jeans
    navy knee length skirt
    blue knee length dress
    grey long sleeve top
    grey/white striped long sleeve top
    black long sleeve turtle neck top
    grey long sleeve turtle neck sweater
    blue London sweater
    grey button down shirt
    white button down shirt
    white hoodie
    white/blue striped t-shirt
    3 white tanks
    black suede high heel boots
    mushroom (kinda greenish) suede high heel ankle boots
    UGG boots = ))
    light blue cashmere hat + scarf + gloves
    brown with blue flowers belt
    diamond studs
    black tote
    grey/white backpack

    P.S. I have my make up down to 2 items: mascara and lip balm.

  35. Mathilde says

    here is my cosmetics list:
    I don’t count the basics: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
    1- daycream for the face
    2- body cream
    3- foundation
    4- foundation brush
    5- blush
    6- blush brush
    7- mascara 1
    8- mascara 2
    9- eyeshadow 1
    10- eyeshadow 2
    11- eyeshadow 3
    12- eyeshadow 4
    13- lipstick 1
    14- lipstick 2
    15- lipstick 3
    16- lipstick 4
    17- lipstick 5
    18- hand cream
    19- hair conditioner
    20- glossy hair cream
    21- tweezers
    22- dental floss
    23- mouthwash
    24- face cleaning brush
    25- make up remover
    26- cotton wool pads
    27- nail base
    28- nail varnish 1
    29- nail varnish 2
    30- nail varnish remover
    31- nail cutter
    32- hair elastic band(s)
    33- hair pins (or holders or something)

    Okay, I confess, I still have 3 body cream bottles, 2 day cream tubes, 3 hair cream tubes, 3 shampoos, and 2 hair onditioners. But I’m not going to throw them away! I use them, and then I’ll stick to one piece of each. And I could very well do with 2 lipsticks, one mascara, and 2 eyeshadows.
    One thing is sure, I’m not going to buy ANYTHING in the next three month, and that already means saving money!

  36. e says

    I’ve got my Phase II list all worked out and have boxed up almost everything else – still doing some laundry and some of those things will get boxed up when clean. I am hoping that I will have time today or tomorrow to take photos of the 33 things and post those.

    Bev, congrats on your weight loss! I have been working to lose weight – I’m down 20 pounds and have 20 more to go. I think technically, your earrings and necklaces do count in the 33 items, so I think you are up to 32 things?


  37. Amanda says

    Ok, I am going to add in the earrings and necklace to count towards my 33. I am going to keep my list at 32 right now.

    1. Black slacks
    2. Cream corduroy pants
    3. Tan khakis
    4. Long black skirt
    5. Reversible skirt plum/brown/blue
    6. Casual blue jeans
    7. White collard zip up stretch shirt
    8. White collared button up dress shirt
    9. Plum long sleeve cotton shirt
    10. White long sleeve cotton shirt
    11. Melon button up collared shirt
    12. Red button up collard shirt
    13. Magenta long sleeve Eddie Bauer cloud fleece
    14. White cami
    15. Ruby long sleeve ruffle cotton casual shirt
    16. Black CAbi v-neck hanky wrap long sleeve shirt
    17. Blue CAbi v-neck hanky wrap long sleeve shirt
    18. Plum CAbi scoop neck thin long sleeve shirt (matches with reversible skirt)
    19. Black reversible (quilted/fuzzy) vest
    20. Black Bandolino fitted blazer
    21. Green zip front Eddie Bauer Sweater
    22. Grey/cream pullover sweater
    23. pink/grey tennis shoes
    24. black boots
    25. brown boots
    26. black casual shoes with buckle
    27. brown/black reversible belt
    28. Black Eddie Bauer casual waterproof jacket
    29. Plum fleece insert for EB jacket
    30. Beige purse
    31. Gold cross Necklace
    32. Diamond stud earrings
    33. Open for last minute decision

  38. says

    Day 1 of the phase 2 333 project and what happens – my jeans split haha and yes i will be replacing them. Poor jeans, well they were about 2 yrs old but very comfortable :)

  39. vespa says

    If any one is baffled where to start I found and article on the website for Real Simple magazine. It is titled Essentials of a Well Balanced Wardrobe. It has helped me weed out and have enough pieces to stay appropriately dressed.

  40. says

    I think the make-up thingy is very funny :) – sorry!

    i think my make-up is not really make-up so i dont know what to call them but they are like my clothes – minimal, but i do have my favourites

    face wipes
    shower gel – lemon or citrus
    body butter
    oats and honey face scrub

    but i think thats it – wouldnt quite make it into miss world :)

  41. Juliet says

    I’m a fairly new recruit to the clothing project but already it’s stopping me shopping – I consider my 33 to be enough and I love the new space in my wardrobe. I’d like to expand it to other areas but i’m not quite sure how it would work for books, for example. Any suggestions?

    • Courtney Carver says

      Juliet, I will be posting more about this on theproject333.com but I think the key is to experiement. Move ALL of your books into your closet, garage or another space and see what it feels like to have no books or only five books.

      Books are challenging but I am thinking about giving them all away but cataloging so I know what books are my favorite. I can check them out of the library, order them from paperbackswap or buy them again if I want to reread.

  42. says


    Just joined the Project 333 challenge (a little late, admittedly – I’m starting it just at the beginning of our spring semester of classes) and wrote my first post about it. Deciding what to include was harder than I expected, but I found your lists and guidelines helpful! Thanks!

  43. Karen says

    I am here to report on my experience with Project 333! I am not having a bit of trouble with this! I am a 46 year old homeschooling mom who only goes out of the house 2-3 times a week. I love the way the project has helped me pare down my wardrobe. I am so gonna stick with having fewer clothes. I did include workout clothes in my list because of my situation. That would have made it too easy. I probably INcluded too many dressy “going out” clothes but hey, just because I am “at home” doesn’t mean I am a total frump!:0 I am enjoying your comments everyone!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Karen, Thanks for keeping us up to date. I will be slowly transitioning all Project333 info to theproject333.com so stay in touch there!

  44. Juliet says

    I tried accessing the bonus rules and it said page not found. Any chance of putting them back up?