I’ve now officially passed the halfway point for Project 333! When I started the challenge, I had my doubts about whether I’d be able to complete it. Now I definitely feel I will make it to the end of June. I’m sure I’ll still experience some struggles along the way, and I may even have to do another swap or two, but I’m confident I’ll be able to see the challenge through to completion.
The Easiest Week So Far
Week seven was actually a fairly easy week, perhaps my most relaxed week thus far. Perhaps it’s taken me this long to build a workable wardrobe capsule and adjust to getting dressed with fewer garments to choose from. I actually commented to my husband the other day that “Project 333 isn’t all that hard.”
In fact, the most difficult part for me is posting my outfit photos each week. If it wasn’t for that part of the equation, I think my stress level would be low and I’d really be enjoying the pleasure of a streamlined closet. Posting the outfit photos does have a positive effect, however. It pushes me to wear better outfits and dress a bit nicer, even if all I’m doing is running out to do a few errands.
Wins for Week Seven
I have some exciting wins to report from the past week:
All 33 items have been worn
Now that we’re past the halfway point of Project 333, I’m pleased to report that I’ve worn all 33 garments in my capsule! There is one swapped in tank top that has yet to be worn, but the top it replaced was included in an outfit a few weeks ago. Other than that, everything has been worn, including the top and skirt I swapped in last week. In fact, many garments have been worn five or even six times. I’ll provide the actual numbers in my month two update, as I’m keeping track of everything (no big surprise there, nerd that I am…).
Still no shopping during May! I felt minimal temptation to shop and only did a little bit of online browsing this past week. Upon a reader’s request, I’m saving images of what I felt tempted to buy and will do a “What I Didn’t Buy” post in early June.
Further pared down both clothes and jewelry
Feeling burdened by the weight of my “stuff,” I was inspired to go through my stored garments once again. Even though my non-capsule wardrobe was out of sight, it definitely wasn’t out of mind. As a result of an impromptu weekend “closet audit,” I have 22 additional items (including three pairs of shoes) ready for consignment or donation this week.
I also took some time to review my extensive jewelry collection and designated some pieces to pass on to both my mom and the local consignment store. I still have quite a large jewelry collection, but I’m gradually either incorporating the pieces into my outfits or putting them aside for others to enjoy.
Challenges from Week Seven
As I mentioned previously, this was not an especially challenging week, but I do have a few issues to report:
My husband is not as excited as I am about my success in paring down my wardrobe. When he sees items going out the door, his mind immediately flashes to the wasted dollars spent on those pieces. He suggested that I try to “push myself to like things” instead of just letting them go.
While I see his point about the wasted money, I do feel it’s important that we actually enjoy what we’re wearing. The garments I decided to purge are mostly ill-fitting (some jackets and tops are tight due to my pre-menopausal bust size increase), unflattering, or out of sync with my lifestyle. No need to keep such pieces when I have such a large wardrobe in the first place. Better to wear the things I love more often!
Clutter, clutter, everywhere!
I’ve begun to feel more and more uneasy about excess and clutter in all areas of my life. While this could easily fall under the “win” column, I’m including it here because it’s disrupting my peace of mind. I find myself feeling a sense of urgency to “get rid of stuff” now instead of gently nudging myself to pare things down gradually.
The bottom line is that I took month or years to accumulate the clutter, so I don’t need to eliminate it all overnight. My main areas of clutter at this point are email and online/physical files, but I’d also like to reduce the size of my book and memento collections.
I don’t even do yoga!
It bothers me that there are weeks when I only get dressed in “regular clothes” on four or five days. I like to be comfortable at home and most of my pants and jeans just aren’t as cozy as my yoga pants. However, I would like to challenge myself to incorporate more standard tops into my at-home ensembles. I also plan to gradually purchase more comfortable pants that can be worn when working at home, as well as when I leave the house for casual appointments or errands.
Week Seven Outfits
The good news is that I broke the open cardigan monotony of Week 6! I only included this type of garment in one outfit during Week 7. Of course, that wasn’t that difficult to do when I only “got dressed” four times during the week. I swear I should be buying the finest quality loungewear known to man, I wear it so often! I could show you photos of what I wear around the house, but I don’t want to put you to sleep… Okay, it’s not that bad, but it’s not terribly exciting, either.
Here are my outfits from Week 7. Fortunately, it was warm enough to wear skirt/dress outfits on two of the days. In fact, I would have worn more such outfits had I worn regular clothes on the other days of the week. For one of my outfits, I include a photo showing the orange anorak I wore over the day’s capsule garments. I only wore this jacket outside, but I like the pairing of orange and gray and plan to revisit this combination in the future.
Want to Learn More About Project 333?
While some of my readers are Project 333 veterans, others are learning about this minimalist wardrobe challenge for the first time. Since I started Project 333, I’ve become aware of many others who have successfully negotiated the challenge and have lots of wisdom to share. For that reason, I plan to include a few “useful links” at the end of each of my remaining weekly updates.
If you’ve been contemplating doing Project 333 yourself or just love reading about this topic, I encourage you to check out the wise words of my fellow travelers on the road toward streamlined closets and wardrobe peace:
- Terra Trevor – Project 333: A Small Wardrobe for a Lithe Life
- Santa Cruz Stasi – Project 333 at Week 6
- Go Downsize – Simplify Your Wardrobe with Project 333
Another great resource is the “Dress with Less Microcourse” developed by Courtney Carver, the creator of Project 333. The course is packed with lots of useful information and is highly affordable at just $15. I took the course myself when preparing to start the challenge and it helped me to take the necessary preparation steps while minimizing stress.
Of course, you are welcome to ask me any questions you have about Project 333 (or anything else), but I want to provide you with other resources to help point you in the right direction. I hope you find the additional links useful!