January 21, 2013 in Simple Living Weekly Challenges
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We are already into week 3 of the simple living challenges! I am excited. Are you?
Our goal with these challenges is to create habits in three main areas of simple or minimalist living. We are now to our 3rd habit.
Simple Living Challenge for Week 3 is to Organize or Sell
In week 1 we dealt with trash and clutter that wasn’t of much value. In the third week of the month we will look through areas that are more valuable in our house. Areas that need organized and extra things that can be sold for $$$.
Like all the simple living challenges, you can pick an area that you would like to organize or an item that you would like to sell if something comes to mind, but I will also give you a recommendation.
For this week I challenge you to try out Project 333
Get your wardrobe (the stuff in your closet) down to 33 items for three months.
These items include:
- Jewelry (except a wedding ring or something you never take off)
- Outerwear (like coats etc)
It does not include:
- lounge around the house wear
Basically it includes anything anyone else is going to see
This isn’t easy… unless you are a hard core minimalist already there is a good chance you have more in your closet than this. We first tried it out last spring and it was harder than I thought (her is our update later). However, there really is genius in 33 items for 3 months. It does wonders for simple living!
This is the organizing part.
As you pull everything else out of your closet you might also find some things that are nice but you don’t want to keep. If you have a good option to sell clothes close to you (like a consignment shop) you can also get the sell part of the challenge in as well.
The big thing with Project 333 is to get it out of your closet. Don’t stress about getting rid of a bunch of clothes if it seems to overwhelming. Just pack them up and put them away for 3 months. Later, when going through clothes that haven’t even been in your closet, it is easier to decide what you really want to keep and what you can get rid of.
This is really a stretch and challenge, if you can’t get down to 33 items see how low you can get!
Since we have been traveling for work all month we all have less well under the 33 items. What is in my closet at home fluctuates and sometimes is more than the 33 items, but the 33 is possible Doing the challenge for a few months gets you in the habit of a smaller wardrobe and choosing quality clothes that can work with what you already own. It helps you keep things that fit well, are not worn out, and look good on you. It also helps you wear those pieces more often and dress with WAY less stress.