The Year of Living Minimally – Week Forty-two


The Becoming Minimalist blog has the same theme that I’d planned on this week, so I’ll share their post and then write about it. Joshua Becker’s title is ” 8 Reasons Successful People Are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day.” Now, you might be totally repulsed by that idea, but hold off on your judgment until you read the post (by clicking on the highlighted text at the beginning of this paragraph).

Uniforms are great! Whether you wear scrubs, or khakis and a polo shirt, or black pants and t-shirt, your agonizing over what to wear is non-existent. Becker says, “We have no idea how much of a burden our possessions have become until we begin to remove them.”

So what if you work in an office, as I did? I quit that job seven years ago, and I’m still donating bags of clothes and shoes. Now I go into an office one day a week, and I have no stress about what to wear. I saved a couple of pairs of slacks and three or four shirts, all appropriate for an office.

Have you heard about Project 333? The link will bring you to the website, but it’s the idea of wearing only 33 items over a 3-month time period (a season). All clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear, and shoes count toward your number. You don’t have to count wedding ring(s), underwear, sleepwear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing. Well, I’m in! And next week I’ll detail what I compiled for my 33 items.

What about you? Could you try Project 333?

13 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Forty-two

  1. I’ve heard of it and try to do something similar. I have about 8 items a week I choose on Sundays for the following week. Mostly trousers(2) tops(4) and cardigans(2) which I combine throughout the week. I find it makes life easier. I always prepare tomorrow’s clothes before bedtime.


  2. A while back I did away with the idea of dressing up in favor of the casual, at times semi-casual look. In SoCal that’s looked upon favorably, even in a law corporation, where I work. Dark jeans and tops that are a cross between blouses and shirts. I remember days of old when I had to dress up for work. 😉 Will look into Project 333


  3. Martha,

    We have more clothes than we’ll probably wear in our lifetime but that being said, we only keep out certain garments during each season to wear over and over until it’s thread barren (or close to it) before retiring worn out items to the ‘work pile’. That’s clothes that get used for the real dirty chores yard or car work. There’s a whole lot we can live without if we look. In time, we’ll windle our slush pile (extras) down. The good mews is, we shouldn’t have to buy anything new for a long time. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and voting in May BoTB round two!


  4. What an interesting idea – Project 333. I’m guessing I don’t even wear 33 items in three months. I’m a jeans and t-shirt girl and I do laundry every Thursday. Arn and I just made our third foray through our closet this year. Got three more bags of clothes in the trunk at the moment to take to the Girls & Boys Club. Great post. Martha.


  5. I remember something my daughter said. After spending all her life going to Catholic school and wearing uniforms she was overwhelm by trying to decide what to wear to class everyday. Hmm. As for myself, since retiring I feel like I probably do Project 333 without even realizing it. I plan on revamping my wardrobe buying less but better pieces, classics. Thanks again Martha.


  6. I would need to block myself from the Coldwater Creek website! 🙂

    I once responded to one of your posts by proudly mentioning that I had only 12 pairs of shoes, including hiking boots, slippers, sandals, sneakers and dress shoes. Then I realized how many people on earth could really use just one pair of shoes, and I was embarrassed by my pride at this “accomplishment “.

    Does anyone at work really notice if we wear the same blouse twice in one week? And, if they do, why should we care?


  7. I got rid of all my suits when I retired. I have almost all casual slacks and tops. I wore a white hospital uniform for ten years and then had to wear something ‘nice’ every day for more than 20 years when I went back to work in the 80’s. I much prefer my casual dress of the present. And if I could live in Europe for several weeks with three dresses, I could probably do Project 333.


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