This site is the brand new home of Project 333 – experiments in living with less. While the site is still being designed, you have all you need to know to get started. The first experiment starts in the closet with minimalist fashion.
- 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
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.
- Take inventory. I recommend the How to Make Space approach.
- Working with your “I Love” pile of clothing, start to build your wardrobe. It will help to make a list on paper.
- 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.
- Once you start dressing with less, pay less attention to what you are wearing, or not wearing and more attention to something more important.
- You are welcome to incorporate some of the Bonus Rules but I highly recommend starting with The Basics – listed above.
- 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.
- Donate any items from your current collection that haven’t been worn.
- 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.
- 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).
- Make your new list. You have great experience to build your list. What will you change from the first attempt?
- 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.
- 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.
- Jeans – made the cut but need a size smaller.
- Black Skinny Pants – made the cut.
- Black Dress Pants – made the cut but need a size smaller.
- Denim Dress Pants – made the cut.
- Black Short Sleeve Shirt – Black Flowers on Collar – Storing for Fall
- Black Tank – Wheat Flowers on Collar – Storing for Spring
- Wheat Colored Ruffled Sweater – Storing for Spring
- Red Dressy Cami
- Black Buttoned Down Shirt- Silver Buttons – made the cut
- Black Sweater
- Gray Blazer – made the cut
- Brown Leather Bomber Jacket – storing for Spring
- Classic Tan Trench Coat – made the cut
- Black Gray Sleeveless Dress
- Black Sleeveless Dress – made the cut
- Black Skirt – too big. Donating.
- Black/White Long Sleeve Shirt – made the cut
- Black Long Sleeve Shirt
- White Long Sleeve Shirt
- White Wrap Shirt – beautiful Ralph Lauren crisp white shirt but it’s too big now. Donating.
- Gray Wrap Sweater – will store for next fall
- Bracelet – made the cut
- Necklace – made the cut
- Purple Scarf – made the cut
- Gray Pashmina – made the cut
- Gloves – made the cut
- Black Boots – No Heel – made the cut
- Black Suede Short Boots
- Purple Heels – will toss (love these shoes but they are worn out)
- 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
There are more than 40 bloggers writing about their Project 333 experience. You can see a list here. My favorite posts recently about Project 333 include Meg’s post, Pierre’s post, Beverly’s post, Drew’s post, and Robyn’s post. Please post your blog entries about Project 333 on the Facebook page and mention them on Twitter with #project333. I can’t wait to hear more from you. Please share your stories, questions and feedback by leaving a comment on this post so we can all connect as we gear up for the next three months.