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Simple Living Challenge Week 3

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We are already into week 3 of the simple living challenges!  I am excited.  Are you?

If you are new to Loving Simple Living you can start the simple challenges at any point, but if you are interested in what we have been doing you can check out Week 1 and Week 2.

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

Project 333 is by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less and it is genies.  The original rules by Courtney are here and there is lost more on here site to help out, but here are the basics.

Get your wardrobe (the stuff in your closet) down to 33 items for three months.

These items include:

  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Jewelry (except a wedding ring or something you never take off)
  • Outerwear (like coats etc)

It does not include:

  • underwear
  • sleepwear
  • 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.

Enjoy habit building!


  1. Ana Ana

    I am already doing this project (started on January) and I can only say that I am enjoying it very much. I also wrote a post about this on my blog 🙂

  2. Etta Etta

    I am on my 3rd season with Project 333 and it works so well for me. I have been struggeling with decluttering but started on the week 1 challenge last night and filled 2 bags for the Op Shop (Goodwill) and 2 bags of old magazines for recycling. You have inspired me to try your challenges!

  3. The day I realized I was already a minimalist dresser and simply needed to start shopping like it — THAT was freeing. I simply followed the habits of everyone around me, and soon realized that just wasn’t me. Of course, the closet can still get out of control at times, and I have other areas of weakness. But it’s great to know I can have at least one area that simplifying comes a little more naturally.

  4. Valerie Valerie

    I also started this project in January. First, I helped my teen daughter cut her wardrobe down to 40 items so that she would have an easier time doing her laundry. Then I quickly went through my other children’s clothes and just took out what didn’t fit. I don’t think that I will have time to organize my own wardrobe this week but I can surely gather a one bag of unneeded clothes from all our closets to take out of the house. Thank you again for the encouragement.

  5. Kathy Kathy

    We just moved 3 weeks ago into a house the same size (roughly 1200 sq ft for a family of 5) but much less closet space. We did a lot of decluttering and in fact we have a horse trailer full of things waiting for a yard sale as soon as there’s decent weather. But after talking to you in the comments a few days ago about your closet and you all having such small wardrobes, I’m going back through the closets again to see what else can go. So far I have another large trash bag to add to the horse trailer! Now if only I could convince my hubby to let me sell a few pieces of furniture too….

    • yes, square footage is only one part of it, some places make storage really hard 🙁 You can do it!

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