If you want to cultivate more peace and ease in the new year (and all year long), I recommend starting with a simple closet. It might not sound like a logical recommendation but if what you are doing now to create peace and ease isn’t working, why not try something that sounds a little crazy?
Speaking of a little crazy, I started dressing with 33 items or less including clothes, accessories, jewelry and shoes (yep, shoes too) every three months almost ten years ago. As I result, I created space in my home, time in my life and lots and lots of peace and ease.
The peace and ease of a simple closet comes from …
- Noticing a bunch of space in my closet, not a bunch of stuff.
- Not spending time in dressing rooms or returning things online.
- Getting dressed in the morning without deciding from lots of options.
- Not being worried about spending too much money on stuff I don’t wear.
- Wearing my favorite clothes every day.
If you’d like some of this peace and ease too, start the new year with minimalist fashion challenge Project 333
Here’s how to get started …
- Use a blank piece of paper or the numbered page in the Mini Minimalist Fashion Guide (available with book or tour pre-order) and write down the things you use frequently. For me that list includes: black pants, tee, sweater, sneakers, tote, sunglasses.
- Next, list the rest of your 33 items considering how you will work and live for the next three months. This is kind of like creating a budget. You may have to make adjustments at first.
- Remove everything else from your closet, box it up and get it out of sight. This is a big step in the “peace and ease” department.
Maybe it’s not so crazy after all
Just like that, you now have a simple closet for the next three months!
Some of you may be thinking, “Yay! Great!” but most of you are probably thinking, “Wait. What?”
I skipped a few steps about how to decide what to include, how to deal with your fears around weather, laundry and what other people may think and a few other things too.
I promise to address all of that in the book and by answering your questions. I want to assure you that if you decide to take on the challenge, you’ll not only have more peace and ease, but you will know yourself better. You’ll know more about what you want and need in your closet. And more importantly, what you want and need in your life. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy these seven perks of a minimalist wardrobe.
Through challenges like Project 333, and doing other things that “sound crazy,” I’ve learned to stop judging based on my fears and assumptions. Instead, I try things and learn what’s best for me and my life based on my own experiences. Most of what’s improved my health, home and relationships turned out not to be that crazy after all.
Thanks to this minimalist fashion experiment, I’m always willing to answer the question, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if … ?
If you are ready to jump in, great! If you need more information, feel free to search around bemorewithless.com for “Project 333” and join the new Project 333 community on Instagram. I’ll be sharing my winter wardrobe there and will do a live call before the end of the year to answer your questions.