The main idea of this project is to have more by keeping less. It’s simple. Just keep fewer items of clothing. This worldwide movement was established by one nice woman named Courtney. She posted on her blog about this project in 2010, and had no idea that it would go on to inspire thousands of people to take on the challenge. She suggested that we can start making our lives simpler by cleaning out our closets and decluttering. To take part in the challenge, it is important to know the rules but not to feel tied to them, and treat them as guidelines.
Let’s take a look at the rules.
- The most important rule is to choose 33 items from your current closet for each season separately. Start for the season that you’re currently in. Pull out everything from your closet and carefully select your 33 items.
- Your 33 items should consist of work clothes, handbags, shoes, scarves, and outerwear.
- Your 33 items should not include sleepwear, underwear, tights, socks, loungewear, or workout clothes.
- Rules are made to be broken. If you really want that one specific sweater, but it will be number 34, just include it. Or if 33 is too many items, simply keep fewer items. you can always add one or two later in the season.
- If you like it, keep it, and have fun with it. From my experience I can tell you, that you will love the experience and begin to wear every piece with your whole heart.
It is also recommended to include jewelry in your 33 items, but of course that is up to you.
Also be sure to hide the rest of your clothes by putting them somewhere you can’t access easily. This is to help you focus on the 33 items that you chose for that season. And, if you’re anything like me and prefer order and visualizing your wardrobe first, you can make drawings of your clothes. I do this every season, and then I can clearly see what colors take over my closet and what colors are missing. I also realized very quickly after starting Project 333 that I love skirts and dresses!
The Next steps:
I enjoyed the first season so much! I especially appreciated the ease of deciding what to wear for the day. As the days went on I found myself disliking or avoiding certain items that I’d kept, so I put them aside for later donation. I usually donate the clothes I don’t wear anymore, attend a swap event, or sell them on Vinted. If the clothes are in worse condition and aren’t wearable anymore, I use them for loungewear or gardening clothes. The next season I did the same things. Then, when I was preparing my 33 pieces for summer I realized that in hotter temperatures I like to wear lighter colors. The problem was I was missing a nice white t-shirt. If I find that I’m missing something in my seasonal capsule, I always shop in an ethically-sourced store. (My favorite in the Czech Republic is Etikbutik).
Why choose ethical fashion?
When talking about ethical fashion, I mean that the cotton or other materials for my garment have not been grown with pesticides. I like to make sure the fabric was not colored with toxic chemicals that seriously pollute our planet, and that the cut of the garment was designed by someone who understands it. That will ensure the fit will be the same after a few washes. It is also important to me that the makers of the garments work in fair conditions that are not harmful, and that they are paid a fair wage.
Consciousness, slowing down, and having a choice are all a part of Project 333.
Enjoy your beautiful days of Project 333,
I highly recommend watching the beautiful videos on Youtube channel, My Green Closet, and learning more about planning your wardrobe.
Translation with the help of Ellie Farrier