Decluttering your Closet with Project 333

What is Project 333

Project 333 is a minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. These items include clothing, accessories, jewellery, outerwear and shoes. The project was designed by Courtney Carver of ‘Be More With Less’, an inspiring resource for simple and minimalist living.

Why do Project 333?

The general idea is that by sticking with these 33 items you will find yourself with more space and time. Project 333 aims to simplify your life by eliminating the amount of choice you have by only having 33 items that you love, fit well and bring you joy.

Reading about Project 333 from other bloggers and members of the Project 333 community, it seemed many have refined their personal style and have managed to create a capsule wardrobe – one filled with items they adore and are happy to wear every day.

Why I decided to try project 333

I decided to try Project 333 for at least a month. My reasons were that I found myself looking at a full wardrobe in the morning, not knowing what to wear and not feeling inspired by my options. In the past few years, my style has been all over the place and I hadn’t loved the outfits I was choosing for myself every day. I have also gotten more into the idea of ‘minimalism’ over the past year and have seen the difference of ‘less stuff’ in my home and thought that I would try this from my closet to see if this project has any impact.

Project 333: My 33 items

Outerwear
1 .Grey Coat
2. Black Duster Coat
3. Pink Faux Fur Coat
4. Black Leather Jacket
5. Denim Jacket

Bottoms

6. Black Jeans
7. Black Culottes
8. Blue ripped Jeans
9. White boyfriend jeans
10. Black Leather Skirt

Dresses
19. Little Black Dress

Tops & Blouses
11. Stripe Blouse
12. Gingham blouse
13. Black Blouse
14. Black Jumper
15. Grey Jumper
16. Lightweight White Jumper
17. Thick White Jumper
18. Pink Jumper

Shoes
20. Black Strappy Heels
21. Black Chelsea boots
22. Black Heeled boots
23. Black Mule Flats
24. Adidas Super Stars

Accessories
25. Black Bucket Bag
26. Black tote work bag
27. Black watch
28. Silver Bangle
29. Silver Ring
30. Silver Ring
31. Silver Hair Clip
32. Black Western Buckle Belt
33. Grey Blanket Scarf

I started this project in the middle, where it had started to get quite cold Melbourne, so I added quite a lot of jumpers and a few pieces of outerwear to give me variety. I am quite lucky that my workplace is fairly casual so I had no issue trying to balance enough workwear with casual wear. I had quite a few accessories that I had culled down to ensure I had 33 items. I decided to restrict myself to only silver jewellery and accents to ensure I had enough pieces to carry throughout the challenge.

Project 333: Outfits

Final Thoughts

First things first. No one noticed that I was wearing the same 33 items over the past 2 months. Yep, literally no one even made a comment (even though I was wearing a fluffy pink jacket at least twice a week). I decided to plan all my outfits from my 33 items each week, so I saved time and unnecessary stress each day staring blankly into my closet trying to decide what to wear.

I also got more creative with my outfits and really got the full potential of each piece. I thought I hadn’t chosen enough dressy items at first but after mixing my leather skirt, black dress and black culottes with other items and dressing certain pieces up with heels, I realised that some items of clothing can be really versatile – exactly why they say the little black dress is a staple.

However, there were some difficulties about project 333 that didn’t really fit into my lifestyle. As you rotate through your clothes more regularly there is more washing. Also, if you factor in your activewear and pyjamas, the challenge may become more difficult.

After almost two months of Project 333, I decided to stop. While I couldn’t restrict myself to 33 items of clothing on a regular basis, the project does challenge the conception that more clothing is better. For me, I realised that I have a lot of pieces in my wardrobe that I don’t necessarily love and decided to recycle around 30% of my closet.

I felt that 33 was such an arbitrary number. While I am all for simplifying and decluttering your life, there is no right number of items to have in your closet. 

If everything in your closet fits you well, served you joy and you get wear out if it, there is no reason to restrict yourself. For my lifestyle, 33 items just seemed too small. I think this is the general idea of Project 333, to help you how to be more with less, whatever ‘less if for you.’

Anyone who has completed project 333, how did you go?

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  • This is really interesting! I’ve never heard of Project 333 but sounds fun to give it a try too.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box
    Instagram: littleglitterybox

    • It’s definitely a fun but challenging little project. While I don’t think i’ll ever just own 33 items it is a good exercise in clearing out the wardrobe

  • Everything looks no neat. I am lucky that I will be moving on Saturday so I will be taking this advice for better organization!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    • Moving is such a good excuse to do some culling and for a nice fresh start :)

  • Definitely need to try this!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  • Kara Aragon

    Wow such a neat project. I love the items you picked out. IDK if I personally could do it or not. Probably everything but shirt-wise lol.

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

    • I definitely wouldn’t do it again but it’s a good exercise to help you realise what you are actually wearing

  • This is so interesting! When I moved to Paris I had limited suitcase space and couldn’t bring my whole wardrobe which definitely made me think of different ways in which I could wear my outfits (which I had to make work for a dressy law firm too!). I have to admit I definitely had more than 33 items but it’s amazing what ‘focusing’ your clothes can do!

    http://www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

    • I think travelling is really good for that though. When travelling you only pack what you love and need and I totally agree – you start getting creative with your clothing combos!

  • Hmm, this is so interesting! I am tempted to try something similar but I hate the idea of limiting myself. I recently did do a closet purge following the Marie Kondo method – keeping *only* things that make you happy and nothing else – and that’s more my speed.
    Still, I’m really impressed that you did it and you did a great job picking out all very versatile pieces!

    • I think that as long as everything you have you love, you wear and it brings you joy (even if your wardrobe is bursting at the seems) that’s really awesome! There isn’t really a magic number and every one is so different.
      I’m going to look into the Marie Kondo method, thanks so much for sharing!

  • I’ve heard of this method before and it sounds really practical, but honestly, I don’t think I could do it, haha! I did, however, did a serious clean out because for whatever reason, after having my baby a month ago, my style has begun to change, so I had to part ways with some pieces. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great rest of the week!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Really project 333 is supposed to be 3 months, so technically I didn’t make it haha. For me it just didn’t seem practical.
      I’ve found that too as my style changes pieces I used to love, i’ve had to let go

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    I agree, 33 is just a random number that may not work for every lifestyle but the idea of the project does apply to everyone. I’m impressed you did it for 2 months!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

    • Totally agree, while I wouldn’t do this 365 days a year, it was a really good learning experience.

  • Kim

    Wow this sounds super challenging! I admire that you were able to go through with it for two months. I will definitely think to trash/donate more of my clothing now.

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

    • Thanks Kim
      It was originally going to be 3 months but after two I was like “this isn’t me”

  • This project sounds so much fun though! What a challenge and congrats on managing it for two months too. Hahah I think I would get tired after two weeks! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • I think you would totally surprise yourself, I was thinking the exact same thing before hand

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    What a great sounding project, I really like decluttering my wardrobe!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    http://rosesrooftop.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Me too! Less things less stress I always say

  • I always need help with this! Love your list!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Tamara Wagner (Fashionladylove

    What a great project. :) Sounds good!
    xx Tamara

  • Great project!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

  • That sounds like an interesting concept! Although I would probably have the hardest time sticking to it!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

  • This sounds really interest. I Declutter my closet once a year, and these tips would really come in handy for next year.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • I usually do a declutter twice a year and this definitely helped!

  • OUCH – that could be difficult with Melbourne’s four seasons in one day weather! I like the idea of downsizing but agree 33 items is a bit arbitrary. Thanks for the post, have been really looking to de-clutter which seems to be an ongoing task as opposed to a one-time purge.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

    • As much as I love a huge purge, taking smaller steps is so much more practical!
      Luckily Melbourne has been quite cold over the past few months, so my items were really just winter pieces!

  • I haven’t completed project 333 but I did recently move across the country so I had to leave a lot of clothes behind. Having less clothes in my closet has saved me so much time and effort when it comes to getting dressed =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • Travelling is a great way to declutter your closet for sure. And it means you only have the clothes you really love too!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing project! Love that closet rack though. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

  • The SoloEssentialist

    Goals. I need to declutter on my closet too. ugh…lol.

    -Lena
    L.E.N.A | Revealed
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  • This is one amazing project and it reminds me that I badly needed to declutter my closet :D

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY