Project 333: A Book Review

Title: Project 333

Author: Courtney Carver

Publisher: TarcherPerigee

Copyright Date: 2020

On my journey toward living a simplified life my research led me to Courtney Carver. She is a writer, lifestyle blogger, and health aficionado who has published her wisdom in other books and on her website Be More With Less. The more I looked into her process of eliminating clutter to focus on what matters most, the more I was drawn to this book.

The essence of this book [or project] is that you reduce the excess in your closet to help produce clarity that will eventually spill over into other areas of your life. It’s a minimalist principle, and one that I have been trying to accomplish in my own life. By limiting what you wear down to 33 pieces over 3 months you are achieving a minimalist capsule wardrobe that is sure to simplify getting ready and putting outfits together.

Before I read this book I had a problem.

Almost all of my adult life I had been a shopaholic. I spent hours on end shopping [online mostly] and buying more than I could ever need or wear. My walk-in closet was full and I found myself in want of new hangers and more space. In the back of my mind I knew that I had a problem, but it wasn’t until I came across this book that I addressed that problem and I am here to tell you that it works.

I worked through the book and embarked on the challenge slowly, but with a hard deadline to begin my first Project 333 on December 1. I’m ten days into the challenge and I have so much to share with you, but that’s a different post for a different day.

So why do I recommend this book?

-The book opens with the benefits of the project and provides statistics and facts that cannot be disputed.

– It attacks some of the insecurities or excuses we make for living a consumer lifestyle.

-One of my favorite parts was the discussion on eco benefits, sustainability and ethical production practices. This section helped me to make better choices when shopping is necessary and provided great options for getting rid of pieces I no longer wished to keep.

-I walked through the clean out process with an easy-to-implement plan.

-The rules for the challenge were flexible for my lifestyle, season, and location.

With the help of Carver’s Project 333, I donated 3 bags of clothes and accessories to the local thrift store. I put a tote of clothes I may wear in future seasons in my garage. I cleaned out and organized my closet and I learned the freedom of dressing with less.

I love that getting ready takes so much less time. I no longer stand in the doorway of my closet thinking –“I have nothing to wear.” In fact, I have all that I need in order to only wear my favorite pieces over the next 3 months.

Keep an eye out for more posts about my first capsule and be sure to follow my Facebook Page if you want to see updates on my experience with Project 333. Also, if you want to keep in touch with what I am reading be sure to follow me on Goodreads.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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