This Is Why I’m Attempting #Project333

Never heard of #Project333?  Read this article for a quick rundown on the basic idea.

This summer, I spent time working to minimize the “stuff” in our house.  My friend and I discussed this ongoing journey in a recent podcast.  But starting next week, I am going back to the classroom after several years of teaching private piano lessons.

And it got me thinking.

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In the past, I’d spend a good chunk of my first paychecks of the year buying a whole new wardrobe for school.  (Or at least adding to my current options.)  Only…I don’t think like that anymore, thanks to my minimizing efforts.

So out of curiosity, I sat down today with pencil and paper to write out a list of the “must keep” items in my closet.  I was interested to see if I could even keep the list at the 33-item limit.  To be perfectly honest, I’m still doing laundry, so my list isn’t yet complete.  I want to *try* to do it right, and at the moment, I’m in a toss-up between another shirt and a favorite pair of earrings.  {Side note: if you’re freaking out right now about choosing between a shirt and earrings to wear for the next 3 months, you may not be ready quite yet for a project like this.  No judgin’ coming from me—I’m the girl who used to spend hundreds at the mall on a new wardrobe.  I TOTALLY see where you’re coming from!}

But here are a few of the many reasons I’m attempting this project:

  1. Fewer decisions, less time wasted.  Anyone in my family will tell you that I need an average of 8 hours of sleep at night.  I do not function at my optimum capacity in any area if I am sleep deprived.  I see any amount of time saved as more time I can sleep!  So if I don’t have as many decisions to make about what I’m wearing, I will definitely save time…and gain extra sleep!
  2. Fewer options, more space.  I already spent some time cleaning out my closet earlier in the summer; I was surprised to look today and realize that there are many items hanging in there that I still don’t wear–even though they made the first “cut.”  It’s funny, though.  Pulling those items out didn’t seem half as earth shattering today as it did the first time I cleaned out my closet. I guess it gets easier!
  3. Less laundry, happier life.  Need I say more?  Goodness, I may be attacking my kids’ closets too before long.  Less laundry overall just makes me happy! I don’t even want to begin to think about my husband’s t-shirt drawer…. He’s got #333 t-shirts he never wears!
  4. Less shopping, more saving.  Okay, this is a tough one.  Anyone who knows me well (especially my mom!) knows that I have ALWAYS loved to shop.  It’s a family thing.  My grandmother loved to “shop til she dropped” and she taught me from a young age.   My mom, my aunts, and I still love to go shopping together–it’s just our thing.  But I can honestly say that shopping hasn’t had quite as much pull on me ever since I starting minimizing.  When I get the chance to go shopping with my mom now, I truly enjoy it for what it is: quality time.

    There are more reasons why I am attempting this project, but they all boil down to one major benefit: less stress. I keep saying “attempting,” as I’m sure you noticed. I say that because I haven’t officially started yet, and I’m giving myself some grace–if the exact rules of the project cause me stress in and of themselves, that’s obviously not the point. So I may end up following it loosely. Nevertheless, it seems to me that ANY progress in this area is a step in the right direction! 

    Watch for follow up posts later with updates on my personal experience with #Project333! 

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