Hello! I’m so excited to talk about the benefits of Project 333 today! If you’re here, it’s probably because you’re considering doing project 333 for yourself and are curious if you can make it. I’m going to tell you the truth- you can do it! Project 333 has not only changed the way I look at clothes, it’s also changed my outlook on consumerism as a whole.
Before I start talking about Project 333, you might want to come back and read Project 333: Have a Wardrobe You Love. This post has more information on what Project 333 is and how to decide what to keep.
A big misconception about Project 333 is that you have to get rid of everything you have and use only those 33 items. While that is the ultimate goal, you don’t have to do that the first time doing the experiment. The point of this project is not to make your life harder, the point is to make it easier! Which will happen if you commit. I kept some potential “keepers” in storage in case what I chose didn’t work. Also, I decided not to count shoes and purses in my 33. But I still felt the benefits from the project even with the modifications.
Not to mention, if you read Courtney Carver’s Project 333 Website, then you’ll see she even recommends 33 items as more of a starting point. If you feel that’s not enough wiggle room, then try 55 items. Or 40. The goal is for you to do more with less.
THE BENEFITS OF PROJECT 333
1. Less Clothes = More Space!
Can you imagine a morning where literally you can see all your options? Since you know your pieces pretty well, it doesn’t take long for you to get dressed and ready for the day. When you can see what you have, it’s amazing how you can make combinations you probably never would have done if it wasn’t all in front of you.
2. Love What you Have
After going through all the “clothes clutter” and getting rid of what you don’t love, you’re left with the best of the best. Basically anything you pick is going to be fantastic. This has actually been a game changer for me. While there are still some things in my closet that I’m deciding on, for the most part I can clearly see what my staple items are. I know that they’re reliable and will look great on me.
3. More Money
You might think this goes without saying, but consider how much we really spend on clothes. If you buy quality items, in theory, they should last several seasons, right? But, without even assessing what we have and thinking through about what we might need to replace, we simply buy more. Each and every season we shop just because the weather is changing. If we were to be more intentional with what comes in, we’d be amazed at seeing how much more money is really there.
4. Reduced Stress
Now, with more space, loving the clothes you have, and more money, this one is a beautiful bonus! But, for me, the biggest stress reducer is picking what to wear each day. My outlook is different. It’s a simple task, rather then a difficult one. I mean, come on, you only have a few amazing things to choose from! I promise you, it’s fantastic- and this is coming from someone who loves clothes and dressing up each day. And, Project 333 is still fun for me!
5. More Confidence
This one came as a surprise to me. But as I’m following others who are taking on the Project 333 challenge, I’m seeing it’s a reoccurring benefit. When you love what you have and what you wear, you naturally gain a certain confidence from that. However, what I didn’t expect is that I’ve gained confidence in who I am as well. I don’t need a new outfit to feel confident. I already am enough.
The benefits of Project 333 have spilled over into my personal life also, not just my wardrobe. I’ve gone through almost everything in my entire house and gotten rid of the excess clutter. I still have pictures on the wall, some cute decorations on my coffee table and rugs I love on the floor. We still have couches and enough seating for everyone! It’s not getting rid of what we need, it’s getting rid of all that we don’t need! It’s been pretty amazing. I still haven’t missed one single thing that I’ve gotten rid of. My remorse has been more over all the money and time that I’ve wasted in the past.
If you’re thinking about doing Project 333, you can find out how to get started here.
Also, if you’re curious as to how I got started on my road to minimalism, check out my post How I Downsized My Life and Accidentally Found Freedom.
As always, if you have any questions about minimalism or Project 333, please ask away in the comments below! Please share if you’ve found the benefits of Project 333 for yourself!