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Decluttering My Life #2: My Attempt At Project 333


Decluttering My Life

I went to H&M yesterday to get a T-shirt. Guess how many I got? One. Now, that may seem absurd. I needed one T-shirt, I got one. We’re all aware that this is not how store shopping works. You usually go to buy one thing and then see something really cool and then another thing catches your eye and you’re coming home with bags in your hands instead of just one small package. That, is a problem. A problem which I’ve rid myself of, at least for now.

Three months ago today, I started a challenge called Project 333. I introduced (teased) it in the first Decluttering My Life post. The premise is simple: wear 33 items including accessories for three months and lock everything else. You get to choose these 33 items. These will not include your in-home (though I did include them) and your undergarments. So, this was the list of things I wore for the last 3 months.

  • 1 pair of spectacles
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 4 handkerchiefs
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 3 pairs of trousers
  • 1 belt
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 7 T-shirts
  • 5 shirts
  • 1 wrist watch
  • 1 wallet
Decluttering My Life - Wardrobe
This is how my wardrobe looks like. I know I can come up with a better arrangement but this works well for now.

That sounds enough, right? It does to me. You’d be surprised that I owned over three times the clothes mentioned above and I still mostly wore the above selected pieces because that’s how we work. Here, I’ll use the all-time favourite minimalist quotes by Chuck Palahniuk,

“We buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.”

What I learned and experienced?

The last three months changed my idea of clothing as well. My wardrobe shifted toward plains, solids and overall, better clothes. I don’t look like a billboard now. I don’t advertise for my fandoms now. That love for solids translated in everything I do to be honest.

It’s not wrong to sport a Spider-Man T-shirt but to be honest, I’d rather tell someone that Spider-Man is my favourite superhero than have them know from my T-shirt that I am a fan. That’s how I prefer it now. You may think differently and that’s alright.

The second change that I noticed was that I received more compliments. This one was actually written as a guarantee in Project 333’s original declaration by Courtney and it’s true. My friend thinks it has something do with consistency.

Ultimately, I started paying less attention to what I was wearing, what people were saying and in totality, I started focusing on the good stuff than how well my T-shirt fits me and what my friends will think or say. I became comfortable. I became happier.

Did I run into issues?

Yes, I did. There was a day when I had clothes for just a day more because I was late for my bi-weekly laundry. That was a hard week. I also had to reuse something that smelled alright but I learned and got more responsible as things progressed.

This challenge is not meant to kill you. My sneakers got torn up in the middle of it so I got new ones. A T-shirt also got extremely worn out and faded so I replaced it. That was yesterday.

What am I going to do with my boxed up clothing?

I’m going to offer it to anyone who needs or wants it. I’ll ask friends and family. If no one picks it up, I’ll probably keep one or two for backup and donate everything else to a place where they’ll find better use for them

Was doing Project 333 worth it and will I do it again?

Absolutely. It’s funny how empty my closet looks like now. There used to be 3 piles of clothes up to the top. It’s almost like there were no clothes left now. However, I know for a fact, that there are just enough and this is exactly how many I need. I’ll do it again in the winters. Until then, these are the 33 items I’m carrying on with.

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Deepansh Khurana

I write code by day and prose by night. I'd say I love coffee but don't we all? I find stories, people and experiences. I blog about them.


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  • This’d be really tough for me! Though I’ve learned about it in Yoga. In Astanga Yoga it is know as “Aparigraha” but I get too attached with things. I really need to declutter.

    • It is actually believed to be tougher for women. You have all sorts of clothing, don’t you? I didn’t know decluttering has it’s roots in Yoga though, that’s a TIL moment. I guess you can start small. I’d recommend listening to The Minimalists podcast, if you’re interested that is. 🙂

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