I participated in Courtney Carver’s Project 333 for 2.5 cycles. All-in-all, I think it is an absolutely fabulous movement that can ultimately teach us a ton about needs vs. wants.
Here’s what I learned.
1. It was so much easier than expected. When you consider living with 33 pieces of clothing including jewelry, shoes, and work-out clothes, it seems impossible. In fact, it is anything but. In contrast, living with minimal clothing options made me feel like I had more options. I became more creative with the pieces I did have and began to think more about necessities, function, and comfort. And, to add to all that, not once was I accused of not having any clothes or wearing the same thing.
2. It helped me save time and money. Because I had less, I saved time getting ready in the morning and on laundry. I also saved money because I wasn’t focused on buying new clothes I didn’t need.
3. I saved space too. While living in the tiny house it was essential that we maximized our space by downsizing as much as we could. Having less clothes, saved space which I utilized for other things like food, my children’s clothes, and toys.
4. It took the focus off of my appearance and what others thought of me based on what I was wearing. Although I no longer participate in Project 333, this benefit has remained with me. I used to place so much emphasis on my appearance. Now I focus on finding clothes I love and feel comfortable in.
5. It made me more grateful for what I have. I am one of the few (and when I say few, I mean, look at the statistics on global poverty) who can actually make a conscious choice to downsize my clothing. Really, that is just insane.
There are many reasons I no longer participate in Project 333, but I consider it an integral part of my learning to live with less because it changed my perception about what I actually need.
On another note, I am starting today off with my gratitude practice. Here is my daily gratitude for today:
– Project 333 and the lessons it taught me about needs vs. wants.
– Our sweet French exchange student who is back for his second stay with us.
– My husband who went grocery shopping for me yesterday and also bought me flowers.
– A beautiful day.
– My coffee.
What about you? What are you grateful for today?