My third Project 333 collection!

2 January 2017

In July, I started what I think will be a year-long experiment with Project 333, the challenge created by Courtney Carver of the Be More with Less blog, in which participants dress from a 33-item wardrobe collection for 3 months at a time. I heard Courtney speak here in St. Louis in June and was intrigued.

I’ve blogged about it a couple of times. Here’s my first post when I selected my initial collection. I went into some details on the rules there. Three months later, I evaluated the first quarter and selected my second quarter’s clothing.

Before I knew it, it was December 31 and the second quarter was over. Never did I feel deprived of clothing in the second quarter.

Yesterday, I spent a little time picking out my clothing for the first quarter of 2017. Here’s the thing that struck me: The longer I do this, the easier it gets. The first two times, I narrowed options down to 40 or so and then had to whittle that away. Yesterday, there was no whittling. My first pass at a collection was less than 33, then I added a couple of things. The whole process took me fifteen minutes or less.

As a reminder, my collection includes clothes, shoes and accessories that I wear out of the house to client appointments (but not team organizing appointments, to which I wear work-out clothing) and social events and just going about life. It does not include dog-walking clothes, exercise clothes, pajamas or underwear.

There is a huge amount of overlap between the last quarter and this one. We had a late winter, so I didn’t end up wearing a lot of my winter stuff until December. So most of it stayed in the collection, though I did switch out a few items.

The first quarter 2017 collection is comprised of:

  • 4 pairs of pants (including a pair of jeans and a pair of leggings)
  • 2 turtleneck sweaters
  • 3 other sweaters
  • 2 ponchos
  • 1 shawl
  • 1 scarf
  • 4 jackets/cardigans
  • 1 dress
  • 2 long-sleeved tops
  • 2 short-sleeved tops
  • 1 shell
  • 1 pair of black flats
  • 1 pair of long boots
  • 1 pair of ankle boots
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 necklace
  • 3 pairs of earrings
  • 2 coats

Here’s a photo of items that live in the closet:

Project 333 update - 3rd quarter

I still love dressing from this limited selection of clothing. I spend much less time and brain power figuring out what I’m going to wear, not to mention time I used to spend shopping, looking for just the right thing! I could even see creating a smaller collection, though I think I did wear virtually everything in the 2nd quarter collection at least once.

This experiment definitely strengthens my belief in the adage that less is more. I’m so glad I decided to give it a go!

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What an inspiring idea- thank you for sharing! I’m totally going to look into this- would save me so much time in the morning!

Alex Phillips
Streamline Organization

Alex Phillips 01/04/2017 07:38 PM

Thanks, Alex! It really is amazingly time saving.

Janine Adams 01/06/2017 09:51 AM

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