My Project 333: Phase II Update

A couple weeks ago, I shared with you that at the start of this month I would be participating in Project 333. After some consideration over the holidays, I’ve pretty much kept the list the same with a few changes. Here’s an updated, final list of thirty-three clothes & accessories I will wear for the next three months:

1. Orange sweater
2. Gray sweater
3. White sweater
4. Gray cardigan
5. Red sweatshirt
6. White sweatshirt
7. Plaid shirt
8. Red & tan striped sweater
9. White t-shirt
10. White tank top
11. Black tank top
12. College radio station t-shirt
13. Chevrolet t-shirt
14. College t-shirt
15. Axis t-shirt
16. Black t-shirt
17. Green t-shirt
18. Brown t-shirt
19. Light blue jeans
20. Dark blue jeans
21. Gray skinny jeans
22. Black dress pants
23. Red Houndstooth coat
24. Bronze puffy winter coat
25. Brown clogs
26. Brown sweater boots
27. Black Converse All-Stars
28. Black dress shoes with short heel
29. Black gloves
30. Black belt
31. Green fashion scarf
32. Gray & green knitted scarf
33. Pearl earrings (not pictured).

Items not counted: slippers, pajamas & robe (which doubles as in-home lounge wear), underwear, socks, hearing aids, glasses, engagement ring.

I’ m also bending the rule for the new ‘three extra items in your closet’ addition. Instead of keeping three extra things to rotate in so others may be donated, I’m keeping these three items aside for nights out when I have to ‘dress to impress.’ I realized I had nothing in my thirty-three things that would suit a “dress to impress!” evening and I didn’t like the thought of an outfit I’d rarely wear taking up three spaces.

My three extra items (not pictured):
1. Sweater dress
2. Black leggings
3. Gray suede boots

What challenges do I anticipate?

The first thing that comes to mind is laundry. There is no washer & dryer in my apartment unit which means I need to pay about $3.00 a load each time I do laundry. I tend to do separate loads (one whites, one colors) so it’s $6.00 in quarters each time I do laundry. To avoid paying for laundry so often, I would wear every last bit of clothing I had until nothing clean was left so I could space out my loads and do them every two-three weeks. That saved me money from doing it on a weekly basis, but left me with a lot of clothes! Since I have even less clothes, I’ll be doing laundry more. Collecting quarters might be one of my new habits.  However, when I move to my new place in the beginning of February, I’ll have my own washer and dryer in the bedroom and no need to save quarters! So this is only an issue for the first five weeks of the project.

Another  concern is my student teaching placement in the middle of March. At my current job, I can dress casually and wear sweatshirts on certain days. I run around with the kids, sit on the floor often, and get covered in marker. Any desire to dress up is eliminated for fear that my clothes will be ruined (both sweatshirts have marker stains). However, when I student teach, I will need to dress up. This is why I threw in a pair of dress pants and heels. These won’t be used until March and I can have it last one or two weeks. If another round of Project 333 begins in March, I’ll have to change a lot of things in the wardrobe – most of these are packed up and put out of sight for now.

What am I looking forward to?

It is only five days into this project and I love being able to make a quick decision about what to wear. The choices are limited, thus, making it easier to pick and choose. Plus, many of the items I have can be worn in different layering combinations or I can just throw a sweatshirt over it all. I always wore the same pairs of jeans and shoes anyway, so people won’t notice the difference.

Speaking of people noticing, I highly doubt that anyone will scrutinize my outfit every day, realizing I wear the same things over and over. I’m expecting that people won’t care too much about what I wear and that will give me the freedom to stick with a minimal amount of clothing well past the completion of Project 333.

My personality will shine brighter. I will smile more. I will gain extra confidence. My clothes are just there.

My dresser? Empty. Will be moving it out soon.

My closet? More spacious than ever!

My clothes? Aside from the clothes in the closet for this project, the rest of them fit in two duffel bags. I have a feeling that I’ll be able to get rid of one of the duffel bags when this project is over (or even sooner)!

Ahh. This is great.

Project 333

Want to be part of something cool? Join Project 333!

Project 333 is the brainchild of minimalist blogger Courtney Carver over at Be More With Less. She challenges participants to pick thirty-three items of clothing to wear for three months. The first round of minimalist fashion project Project 333 kicked off on October 1, 2010 and lasted three months until the end of the year. I first heard about it only a few days after it started and could have joined; however, I was in the midst of many other things going on in my life and wasn’t able to focus on my wardrobe enough to join. During the entire project, I was a curious bystander and over time, donated all the clothing I never wore and didn’t need. I paid attention to what I usually wore in preparation a future Project 333. Now, I’m ready to take the plunge for the second round!

It begins January 1, 2011 and lasts through the end of March.

Here are Courtney’s rules for Round 2 (on

Basic rules:

  • When: January 1 – March 31, 2011 (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  • What is not counted part of the 33 items: wedding ring or other sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout). This also means that any ski, snowboarding, biking, and hiking gear are counted as workout clothes and do not need to be tallied.
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

Bonus Rules for phase 2:

  • Because this is a crazy time of year, use the first week of January if you need it to finish your collection and donation process.
  • Choose three additional items and put them aside in your closet. You may rotate these items in during the next three months, but three other items have to rotated out, and donated.

Here’s my list of 33 items as of right now:

1) Light blue jeans
2) Dark blue jeans
3) Gray skinny jeans
4) Black dressy pants (for new ‘job’ in the end of March)
5) Brown sweater boots
6) Brown clogs
7) Black Converse All-Stars
8 ) White sweater
9) Light brown sweater
10) Orange sweater
11) Gray sweater
12) Red argyle button-up sweater
13) Tan & Red striped Gap sweater
14) Black sweater dress
15) Gray long-sleeved shirt
16) White long-sleeved layering shirt
17) Black long-sleeved layering shirt
18) Red sweatshirt (with school/work logo)
19) White U of I sweatshirt
20) White tank top
21) White tank top
22) Black tank top
23) Brown t-shirt
24) Green t-shirt
25) T-shirt
26) T-shirt
27) T-shirt
28) Pearl earrings
29) Green fashion scarf
30) knitted scarf
31) a pair of gloves
32) Bronze winter down jacket
33) Red Houndstooth jacket

Items not counted: slippers, pajamas (which doubles as in-home lounge wear), underwear, socks, hearing aids, engagement ring.

I’ll be sharing another post in the middle of January featuring an updated, complete list with photos and thoughts. I’m hoping to purchase a warm gray cardigan that will replace two items on the list, as well as a pair of black shoes that can be dressy or casual.

Interested?? It’s never to let to start! Let me know if you plan on participating!

Project 333 links:

Minimalist Fashion Projects
Minimalist Fashion Project 333 Begins
Project 333: Round 2 Rules
Quick Start Guide for Project 333: Round 2
Project 333 on Facebook