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My Project 333

No only was Squats Over Sweets an opportunity for me to document my fitness journey (which is all that it was at first), it became an opportunity for me to show my growth and evolution in life. I learned more about myself in the last 11 months than I have learned in my whole life. I started focusing on what was important to me. I started focusing on my relationships with others. I started focusing on me.

Part of this lifestyle change came a new way of living: minimalism. Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom according to Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (who some of you may know as The Minimalists!) It’s an opportunity to get rid of the excess in your life. Learn all about what they have to say here.

While researching minimalism, I came across a concept called Project 333 which all started with a woman named Courtney Carver. Essentially, you choose 33 clothing items and you wear only those 33 items for 3 months. HOLY CRAP. ONLY 33 ITEMS. THAT’S CRAZY. At first I thought so too, but I’m about to finish month three and I would never go back.

We get so caught up in materialistic items that we forget what’s important. We become so engulfed in this consumer world of ours that we tend to feel overwhelmed and fearful. By getting rid of the things in your life that don’t provide you with value, you no longer worry about things you don’t have to.

The rules of Project 333, which are directly from the Project 333 website, are as follows:

  • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • 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 your 33 items, box up the remainder 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.

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When I did this, these were the items I kept:

  1. White lace dress
  2. Black dress
  3. White and black dress
  4. Blue dress
  5. White tank top (casual)
  6. White tank top (dressy)
  7. White polka dot blouse
  8. White sweater
  9. Grey 3/4 length sleeve shirt
  10. Blue button up
  11. Light purple blouse
  12. Black t-shirt
  13. White blazer
  14. Grey Blazer
  15. Black Blazer
  16. Black cardigan
  17. Black sleeveless blazer
  18. Grey skirt
  19. Black skirt
  20. Black dress pants
  21. Black leggings
  22. Dark blue jeans
  23. Winter Jacket
  24. Tribal scarf
  25. Casual grey pants
  26. Black boots
  27. Running shoes
  28. Grey casual shoes
  29. White flats
  30. Black purse
  31. Black shorts
  32. Tan shorts
  33. White capris

The amount of relief I felt when getting rid of clothes I haven’t worn in years was incredible. It was so refreshing!

On top of this, I have also taken on the challenge of reducing my room to only the things that provide me with the most value. It meant getting rid of a lot of items that were just….. stuff. I don’t have a worry in the world about making sure my life is organized because it feels like it is 100% of the time.

I’m not saying everyone should be a minimalist, but I am saying you should give it a try or do research on it. Education is key. Let it help you see the value in your life. Let it help you make a positive change! For more information on minimalism, check out the Minimalist’s website. For more information on Project 333, check out that website too!

– K