Blog, Minimalism

Project 333 review: quarter1

So, my first 3 months of #Project333 is coming to an end. I started on 10th of January 2016, and since then I don’t think I’ve fretted about what to wear one single time! As someone who’d regularly throw open the doors of her closet and wail ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’, staring in frustration at the mis-matched, differently sized contents within, Project 333 has been an absolute lifesaver.
The idea is the brainchild of Courtney Carver of Be More With Less and involves creating a capsule wardrobe of 33 items, which you wear for 3 months. After 3 months you swap items and continue as long as you want!

So, here comes my Project 333 review for the first 3 months…

The best bit about Project 333:
The absolute ease of having an outfit for every single day. Not having to make a decision is the single most important part of the project for me. No stress, no fuss, no deliberations! I absolutely loved this aspect. Choosing your favourite clothes to wear means you feel better a lot of the time, too.

The worst bit about Project 333:
It’s quite hard to think of a bad thing… Seriously. Project 333 has changed my clothing life! If I was pushed, I’d say in hindsight I would have included more jewellery as I’m used to wearing a myriad of huge dangly earrings and I missed them!

What item of clothing did I wear the most?
I ended up wearing jeans most days, but found myself wearing a skirt and leggings much more often than usual, as I fancied a change.

Was there anything I didn’t wear?
Yes – I didn’t wear any heeled shoes at all, and only used my green handbag once. Next time around there’s two items I can swap out for more earrings!

Did I swap any items out for other things?
Yes- at the beginning of the project I decided to swap my heeled boots for some comfier Ugg boots. Due to illness, my weight had ballooned in a very short amount of time and in the space of just a couple of weeks, the boots no longer fit around my calves. Now I’m getting better the weight is coming off again so hopefully I’ll be able to get in them once more! For the same reason, I expanded out of one pair of jeans, but I didn’t replace them, I found I had enough with my other pair and my leggings.

What am I planning for the next 3 months?
I’m planning to go more neutral with the capsule, I’m planning to have a few black t-shirts which will match multiple items, and thinking of the coming summer! I’m looking forward to keeping a skirt or two in there, which is something I wouldn’t normally wear but found I really enjoyed! And more jewellery of course!

Would I recommend Project 333?
Absolutely. I takes all of the stress out of deciding what to wear, and since you feel great in all of the outfits you have, your confidence takes a boost as well!

Where can I find out more?
Project 333 was started by Courtney Carver at Be More With Less. You can find out all the details of Project 333 right here! Courtney is also on tour at the moment around the USA and in London UK. If you’re local why not check it out?

3 thoughts on “Project 333 review: quarter1

  1. I love this challenge and, like you, struggled to find any downsides. I did my first round many years ago now and it totally changed my wardrobe from that point on. I no longer do it but I just keep my wardrobe at between 40-50 items year round (just clothes, not everything else. Living in Yorkshire the weather just isn’t different enough to warrant changing things out by season, jumpers can be needed at any time!

  2. Thanks for the article. I have been struggling with P-333 for a while, as my weight is fluctuating with medications, to the point I can hardly fit any clothing I have. I don’t want to go buy new. any suggestions?

    1. 3 months is a long time when we have to deal with weight issues. I dealt with it by saying to myself it was fine to swap clothes I have grown out of, as long as I kept within the 33 items. I get most of my clothes from charity shops, so I felt better because I was buying second hand.
      At the start of the 3 months I had 2 pairs of jeans, one in a larger size, which was lucky as I expanded out of the first pair quite quickly!

      It’s so frustrating dealing with weight gain and loss especially if health issues or meds are accelerating the fluctuations! I can put on half a stone in just a few days. It means sometimes we have to keep clothes in different sizes, but I think the key is being ok with that, and making it right for you, not anyone else.

      If you check out the project 333 page on be more with less, it says there is no pressure to stick to just 33 items. It’s just a guideline 🙂 and if we need a couple extra items, or to swap some, it’s ok. I’d recommend checking out charity shops if you don’t want to buy new, or seeing if you could swap something with a friend.

      Let me know how you get on 🙂


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.