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Project 333

Getting ready to start Project 333!

Can I live with only 33 clothing items for 3 months? Well I’m going to try. It seems like a very natural thing to do and inline with the de-cluttering. I’m very into having specific numbers to work with so having 33 as the number makes me happy. On April 1st (no it’s not a joke) I will be living on only 33 apparel, shoes and accessories. In preparation clothes have started to be packed up. I even gave away a sweater I won’t need.

  • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • 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)

I have to factor in completely separate work clothing. I have allotted 5 items for work including a pair of shoes. It might not be enough. Really it is like I have only 28 items to choose. Luckily I am not that into jewelry. Other than my wedding ring (those don’t count) I only chose two other accessories (necklaces) to keep. There are already two Rubbermaid-type containers full of clothes I think I can live without ready to be ignored in my garage for 3 months. The final 33 items will finalized closer to the 1st but have been loosely decided already.

I will post the final list and pictures before the 1st. Wish me luck!

Any tips from those of you that have done the project?


When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.
Albert Einstein


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


9 thoughts on “Getting ready to start Project 333!

  1. Good luck! I’m sure you can do it, I’m pretty sure I live on like 6 items, at least it feels like that when I try to figure out what to wear each day! I think the key to it all will be choosing a colour palette that you can easily mix and match to give your wardrobe versatility. I am currently wearing two pairs of shoes to work, one flat comfy pair of boots and one pair of nine west heels. I’m planning on expanding that to 3 in the summer with some new sandals. Don’t forget comfort, if you feel comfortable in it, it’s more likely you’ll want to wear it. By comfortable I don’t mean big ugly sweatshirt, just stuff that fits well and you feel good in it. When my husband and I decided to go Zero Waste a couple of months ago, one of the first things that we did was thin out our closets after I saw Bea Johnson’s “mini Wardrobe” article on The Zero Waste Home blog. I do repeat my articles of clothing quite a bit but instead of wearing the same things together all the time I try to pair one article with something different to give it a new look. It’s a fun way to use your creativity. I look forward to seeing your finalized list! 🙂

    Posted by Hailey McGunigal | March 21, 2012, 9:52 pm
    • Thanks Hailey! I might have to finalize it soon because I’m very impatient. I am very inspired by Bea also. It’s nice to know that someone that also has children is able to live a reduced waste (in her case almost wasteless) lifestyle.

      Posted by stephanieough | March 22, 2012, 4:28 pm
  2. Hi Stephanie

    I just found your blog through the Facebook page for Project 333. I am trying the challenge for the first time from April 1st.

    Here is my first post with the beginning of my 33 items. http://organisedcastle.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/project-333/

    Posted by Fairy | March 25, 2012, 5:20 am
  3. This is a great idea. I think I wear the same things over and over again. I turned all the hangers around and when I wear something I change the hanger to face me ( to show I’ve worn it.) So far this year, I have worn 1/4 of my wardrobe, and that’s only the things hanging up. Imagine how many things are in draws that have never seen the light of day.

    Posted by subtlekate | May 5, 2012, 3:57 am
  4. whats lounge wear? No really I dont know. Should I? am I missing something important?

    Posted by Polythene Pam | July 3, 2012, 9:31 am
    • I think I just used the term lounge wear because that’s the term used by the creator of Project 333. Lounge wear is (in my opinion) casual clothes that you shouldn’t wear outside of the house but isn’t really pajamas. If you don’t count them in your 33 then you shouldn’t leave the house in them. They could be sweatpants or tights or anything else that fits that loungy feel.

      Posted by stephanieough | July 3, 2012, 8:50 pm
  5. Nice – I have posted your link on My Zero Wastes page – I think she will be very interested in your progress. She is trying to wear one dress – but not for 3 months. http://myzerowaste.com/2012/07/reasons-one-dress-one-week/

    Posted by Polythene Pam | July 4, 2012, 3:08 am

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