Be More with Less: A Capsule Closet with 33 items

Be More with Less: A Capsule Closet with 33 items

Hey mom!  Last week's post about a work wardrobe was a hit!  So, I thought I'd stay true to my promise and tell you more about Project 333/Be More With Less.  Started by Courtney Carver in 2010, it's all about saving money, time, and the earth!  It's easy to remember, a little harder to, like, DO, but I'm going to give you ALL the steps for closet success!  I've been doing this for almost a year and I can't say enough about it!

333: 33 items, for 3 months

(this doesn't include undergarments, workout wear, or pajamas)

Step 1: Pick a start date.  I suggest Sept 1- Dec 1.

Step 2: Think about the weather for these 3 months.  TRY EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT WEAR ON (takes time and occasionally causes sadness).

 Stuff from storage and closet.  Remnants of a try on sesh.  

Stuff from storage and closet.  Remnants of a try on sesh.  

Make 3 piles. 

WEAR: Clothes you love, that look great on you (they must fit NOW, unless you are pregnant).

STORE: Clothes you love or think you love that you're not ready to part with, clothes that are not seasonally appropriate, also, clothes for weddings or dressy events.  

DONATE:  Clothes you haven't worn all year, clothes that are too tight, etc.  Get rid of the aspirational clothing.  It takes up space and doesn't make you feel good about your great bod.  

Step 3: Look at the WEAR pile.  Get serious. Pick around...

8-9 tops

2 sweaters

6 bottoms

3-4 shoes 

2 scarves (if you're not into scarves, add to your jewelry)

3-4 jewelry items (i'm not too rigid about this, but I don't have a lot of jewelry anyway)

3-4 jackets/coats/blazers

2 purses

Make a list.  Use a Google Doc or Sheets.  See mine?

 This is the initial list.  I subbed a few items before finalizing.

This is the initial list.  I subbed a few items before finalizing.

Step 4:  Hang up your clothes, fold them in drawers, display your jewelry.  Use good hangers if you have them- I don't.

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 Excuse my dirty clogs!!  Look at the space in that sweater drawer!

Excuse my dirty clogs!!  Look at the space in that sweater drawer!

 And how Pinterest-worthy is this little scene?  But, again with the dirty clogs!  I'm subbing them out for  these  as soon as they arrive!

And how Pinterest-worthy is this little scene?  But, again with the dirty clogs!  I'm subbing them out for these as soon as they arrive!

Step 5:  Do a little "pinning" or mood-boarding or whatever you do to get real about how you want to style your clothes.  Channel a stylish celeb, like, a current fave, Miroslava Duma, who happens to be all about sustainable fashion.  Create a ridiculous name for your look to get in the spirit.  How about "Fall Floral Freakshow?"  or "Miromama Duma?"  Sounds tribal.  It's mine!!

 Miroslava Duma in her mom jeans and everything else that's cool.

Miroslava Duma in her mom jeans and everything else that's cool.

 With black denim!

With black denim!

 Again with the MIckey Mouse tee!

Again with the MIckey Mouse tee!

Step 6:  If you MUST!  Purchase 1-2 items to complete your look.  I MUST just about every time!

On my list:

-Switching out my black jeans for high waisted ones like these.

-Subbing out these shoes I ordered for my grubby brown clogs (wanted them in white but the whole art teacher thing ruined that notion).

 My (almost) finished closet. (That's my husband's clutter up top!)

My (almost) finished closet. (That's my husband's clutter up top!)

Step 7:  Donate the DONATE pile, Store the STORE pile.  Revisit Dec 1 if needed.  Usually, stuff I store ends up in DONATE next time around.

 My DONATE items... but James is a keeper!

My DONATE items... but James is a keeper!

Ok come on, mom.  You gonna try it?  You can really DO this (if you want!) or you can be a maximalist like Iris Apfel!  What do I care?!  But here's my two cents.  I've found that it:

1.  Reduces outfit stress in the morning.

2.  Reduces money spent on fast fashion.

3.  Reduces time spent scrolling through the ASOS website.

4.  Increases joy!  I'm only looking at clothes I love to wear!

My cousin, Megan, was a non-believer last September and she's a full-on convert now.  Stay tuned for her closet and some pics of me modeling "Miromama Duma"!

 

p.s. Check out the Project 333 website!  There's a downloadable PDF with all the info you need plus a fill-in-the-blank for your 33.

 

 

 

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