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.