The first place that a lot of minimalists start is with their clothing. I put a question on my FaceBook page to see where most people started and the majority started with their clothing, this is also where I started my minimalist journey on December 27th.
The first thing I did was to go through my clothing and take out all of the things that were worn out or that I hadn't worn in a long time. Heres my initial post from my FaceBook page Minimalism: There are so many levels.
Project 333 by Courtney Carver
On December 27th I started project 333, it's using 33 items of clothing only for 3 months. I will say that after 18 days I am having no problem with it. I really find that I am dressing much better and don't need all of the excess clothes.
Here's a list of what I chose:
2 pairs of boots(1 for work)
1 pair of dress shoes
1 pair of running shoes
4 jackets(3 for work)
4 dress shirts
1 pair of track pants
2 pairs of jeans(1 for work)
1 pair of cargo pants(work)
3 pairs of dress pants
2 work shirts
1 hockey jersey
2 long sleeve shirts
A little background about my choices. I work full time as a mortgage broker and have 2 part time jobs so I lost 6 items that I would not normally wear just to the 2 part time jobs. Plus I volunteer for 2 different groups in my town ( try to give back to my community as much as I can).
Others may be wondering why so many jackets and sweaters, well last week it was -32 degrees celsius(-26F) so it is a major necessity here.
Since then I have made a few changes to my wardrobe, ended up quiting two of my jobs so I now just work full-time as a mortgage broker, so it gave me back 6 pieces of clothing, have only replaced one so far, plus I bought a new pair of running shoes(threw out the old ones.
My wife also downsized her wardrobe, she wasn't quite able to get to the 33 items but I'm still really proud of her for trying. If you are wondering what I did with all the extra clothes, I donated a couple of large bags to charity and stored the rest. I kept the clothes that I will need when it gets warmer out and other pieces that I can exchange when then ones I'm using do wear out.
In Case people were wondering what the rules are for project 333 I'll give you the basics:
When: Every 3 months
What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
What not: These items are not counted as part of the 33 items - wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout).
How: Choose 33 items, box up the rest of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
What else: Consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don't fit or are in poor condition, replace them.
If you would like more information go to Courtney Carvers site: www.bemorewithless.com
It's an amazing site with loads of valuable information on minimalism
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