minimalism

How Project 333 Reduced my Morning Stress

Have you ever stood there, in front of your wardrobe, totally depressed about what to wear, or overwhelmed because you have to colour-coordinate? Let it be known, dressing up in the morning is one of my least favourite activities in the whole world. It literally adds stress to my life. I’d trade you for dishes if you could get dressed for me.

I think I might have found an answer to my calls. With the Fall equinox at our door, I've decided to take the bull by the horns. And for the first time in my life I feel excited about my wardrobe! Not because I got new frocks - quite the contrary -, but rather because I’m taking the Project 333 challenge, and I hope it will revolutionize the way I dress.

It’s simple, effective, and fun. It’s essentialism at its best! All I have to do is pick 33 pieces of clothing for the season. The idea is to streamline options and make sure that my selected pieces all work well together. I invested one full morning in organizing and making my selection. The result is a nicely organized wardrobe with lots of space for storage, two bags of clothing to be donated, and a few pieces stored for next season. I plan to stick to this selection for Fall, and replace oldish items as needed by better quality sustainably-made pieces.

So here is the result. I’m sharing my wardrobe with you (1) to make a case for simplicity, (2) to prove that I can live with 33 pieces for a season. And so can you!

For Fall, my wardrobe includes 2 trousers and 4 pairs of leggings, 4 yoga tank tops and 4 long-sleeved t-shirts, 3 dresses and 5 tunics, 1 pair of leg warmers, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 sweaters/cardigans, 1 bag, 1 jacket, and 3 scarves. Simplicity put to good use is dressing up made easy peasy!

If you think this display looks shitty, (1) I know - it was meant to be practical rather than aesthetically-pleasing, (2) I was trying to fit everything into one single shot before the cat lounged in it, 3) my college years were mostly devoted to bartending and driving a forklift, hence the lack of retail experience to give life to my displays, I’m sorry if this upsets your sense of decorum.