When I did my first season of minimalist fashion challenge Project 333, I really thought the biggest benefit would be a decluttered closet. I do have a simple closet now, but I also own less stuff, live in a much smaller space, do work I really care about, travel, and have discovered so much love and joy in my life. I didn’t know a simple experiment would change my life in such a profound way.
Author Dave Bruno says, “When we crave a simpler life, we are not after an easier life, we are after life.” I’d add that we are after a joyful life. We declutter and simplify to remove what stands between us and joy. We want more joy, laughter, love, and yes … more life.
The other day, I posted the Project 333 Round Up on Instagram and asked people to share what they liked most about dressing with less. Comments included awesome benefits like …
- “I’ve discovered new fresh ways to wear what I have. I feel better dressed and stylish than when I had more clothes.”
- “Less laundry! I take better care of my things and get in multiple wears before washing them again. No more messy “chairdrobe” in the bedroom.
I could relate to every comment, but the one that grabbed my heart was, “I love how it’s trickled into every aspect of my life.”
This is one of the things I am most grateful for. By simplifying my wardrobe and dressing with less, I gained the confidence and desire to live with less in every other area of my life. Tackling each area, one at a time helped me be more engaged in the changes I was making, and made each change last. Each change I made inspired the next.
Simple closet. Simple year. Simple life.
The common thread in every change that led me to a joyful life was simplicity. I used that journey to inspire A Simple Year, 12 months of guided simplicity. It’s a membership program that started in 2014 and almost 2000 people have participated.
The program gives people an opportunity to focus on simplicity all year-long, but with only one topic a month so it’s not overwhelming. I don’t know about you, but when I try to change everything at once, I end up changing nothing at all.
In 2017, we are covering the following topics:
Our contributors are authors, bloggers, and simplicity advocates who each teach a month or two on a topic that has been part of their journey. You can see the full line up on our contributor page.
You can learn more about that and everything included in the program on the course page.
Simplicity may start in your closet, or with a minimalist fashion challenge, but if you give it a chance, it will work its way into every aspect of your home and heart.