May 31st came and I was both excited to have finished Project 333 and confused about what to do next. Spending 3 months wearing only 33 items including shoes, jewelry, purses and clothes made it very hard when the day came that I had to think more about what I was going to wear again. If you aren't familiar with Project 333, you can read more here: You can read more about how it works here. I also highly recommend watching Minimalist on Netflix (it's how I first heard about Project 333).
Here are some lessons learned from my Project 333 experience:
1. Having a separate section of my closet where I kept my 33 items included in the challenge made getting ready in the morning a breeze and much less stressful. I should add the importance of regularly doing laundry does became more imperative or you literally have nothing to wear. Since I had to do laundry more often I didn't have as much to fold and put away each time I did which made the task smaller and more manageable each time.
After listening to Marie Kondo's book, 'The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,' a couple years ago, my life truly was changed! My main take aways from it were:
1. Do a complete overhaul of all of your things at one time and get rid of everything that doesn't bring you joy. Taking everything out of your closet and piling all your clothes, paperwork, etc. into one place is overwhelming but invigorating once you're finished. Your recycling, trash and donation piles might be through the roof for a while but you'll start feeling accomplished as things go out your door for good.
2. Keep like items in one place. Don't have 15 different junk drawers or reusable shopping bags you shove stuff in and can't even find things when needed. Don't shove papers in various drawers in your house, toss cosmetics all together in 30 different boxes and bags or clothes and shoes in 5 closets. I was very guilty of this and I still have to remind myse...