Have you ever watched an episode of Hoarders? It's pretty incredible to see the amount of things that some people will "collect". We use "collect" in quotes because many of the people on the show claim that they are collectors rather than hoarders. Give me a break! Look at that!
Have you seen the show? The show brings you into the life of these people that have a house full of things from floor to ceiling and little space to walk. We're talking maybe a little walkway amongst piles and more piles. Many houses have years and years of things that these people brought into their home, which tend to collect dust, insects, and even rodents! If the thought of this hoarding lifestyle scares you at all, perhaps you're encouraged to live a life of the exact opposite.
When you watch an episode of Hoarders you get an urge to start throwing things away. Your closet, no matter how much you like your clothes, may all of a sudden look like it's way too crowded. This could get you going on a little give away kick. Well, Netflix released a documentary, Minimalism, that featured one woman, Courtney Carver, who emptied out her closet and narrowed it down to 33 items to use for the next 3 months. She called this, Project 333.
Courtney chose 33 items to wear throughout her daily life, including work, and wore them for 3 months straight. Initially she thought that people would notice and mention her repeated outfits, but to her surprise, no one said a thing and she even received more compliments than normal. Not only was her closet less chaotic, but she soon found that this simple way of creating a minimalistic life led her to happier, healthier, and simpler way of living.If you're inspired to try this out for yourself, here are the rules:
When: Every three months
What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another 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)
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.
Want to test the challenge? Don't be afraid to test it out! Others have tried this challenge, so you are not alone!