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Project 333: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge That Proves Less Really Is So Much More

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Wear just 33 items for 3 months and get back all the JOY you were missing while you were worrying what to wear.

In Project 333, minimalist expert and author of Soulful Simplicity Courtney Carver takes a new approach to living simply--starting with your wardrobe. Project 333 promises that not only can you survive with just 33 items in your closet for 3 months, but you'll
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Tarcherperigee
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Agnieszka
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I really like Project 333. I have used it to simplify my wardrobe and it worked brilliantly. However, everything you need to know about it can be learned from one blog post. No need to put it in a book format. It was really repetitive and did not say anything new.
Gina
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


My review is biased... While I do not know Courtney Carver, I really like her work and what she has put into the world. To be honest, Courtney has covered some of this content over the years, but 1) it is nice to have the information stored in one place and 2) it is wonderful to support the authors whom we like.

Interestingly Carver gently invites to reader to consider other challenges: express your creativity, create a morning routine, connect with yourself and with others, etc.

The amount of ti
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Heather Lorenz
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. I live a minimalist lifestyle already and enjoy challenging myself to live with even less, so I was excited about the hype around Courtney Carver’s “Project 333” challenge. I enjoyed the content of the book that explained the challenge guidelines and gave practical recommendations about how to go about minimizing your wardrobe; however, this content took up maybe 15% of the book. The remaining 85% was an overstated case for how every aspect of your life will improve i ...more
Anne White
Is it ironic that I read this on 3-3 and finished it at 3:00?

If you've followed Courtney Carver's website articles or watched any of her live chats, there will be few surprises here. If it's still new to you, the book is a good place to find all the how-to's.
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Julie Tull
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
There was no new info here! I loved her last book, “Soulful simplicity”, but this one just was so repetitive and non informative. Not worth the money I spent for sure.
Autumn
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book could have been just a blog post, which, thankfully, it actually is! https://bemorewithless.com/project333... ...more
Beth
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is about creating a capsule wardrobe. Carver recommends choosing 33 pieces for each season of the year (including shoes, accessories and outerwear but not things like underwear or workout clothes or pajamas) - for 3 months at a time. It's an interesting concept. The benefits are having fewer clothes so decision making about what to wear is easier - less decision fatigue, and less time spent getting ready in the morning. She recommends choosing your favorite pieces, the ones that look t ...more
Kathryn
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Courtney Carver has such a gentleness to her writing. She is never judgemental and never makes you feel guilty. She releases any guilt we may have over our clothes and leads you to a path of peace and joy. ...more
Lindsey
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-story
This book just changed my life.
Samantha Duncan
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thought I'd just skim this, but ended up reading the whole book. There are a lot of decluttering, downsizing, capsule wardrobe books and resources out there, but this resonated for me. Carver explored the emotions associated with things - clothes in particular - and why we hang on to stuff we don't like and doesn't fit, then continuously pursue the acquisition of more things we don't really like.

I was't able to follow the project strictly (only 33 items per season including accessories and shoes
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Grace
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Picked up the book because a girlfriend said she wanted to take up the challenge. I said I’d do it with her. We are starting the challenge on April 1. Before that time I will take on the closet clean out before our start date. Is there anything revolutionary in the book? No. Not really. However it really aligns with the other books I’ve found myself interested in - Daring Greatly and Boundaries. It’s about living a fuller life - one step at a time. Finding what brings fulfillment and love into y ...more
Victoria
The author provides a challenging look into why we shop and accumulate clothes. Her insights about our society's obsession with image and how we look is spot on. She does expand briefly into other areas besides the closet, giving a good overview of minimalism in general.

I will confess - I did not accept her challenge to downsize to 33 clothes/accessories items for 3 months. It just didn't click for me. However, she did inspire me to attack my closet with open eyes and I now have a bag full of c
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Natalie Park
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book goes into more detail about the Project333 minimalist fashion challenge - 3 months of 33 items (clothing excluding underwear, workout clothes, lounge and sleepwear; shoes; accessories and purses/bags). It was straightforward and also covered areas one might not think about as related to one’s wardrobe. I’m excited to try it out for the next cycle which starts on April 1! I have a feeling it may be very simple for the first several weeks as we’re sheltering at home. It’s been sweats, T- ...more
Eve Dangerfield
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this! I started my capsule wardrobe a couple of days ago and I found this really easy and charming to listen to while sorting out my clothes.
EP
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
3.5 stars. Super short easy read.

As other reviewers have said, yes, it could have been a blog post, but I like that it was broken down and you were "eased" into the idea. Though, I already knew I wanted to do this before I read the book, so I didn't need hand-holding and comforting. I did want the rules and guides, and I'll admit, the "allowance" of rule-breaking. The "Unruly" chapter was freeing to know, that 33 is just a number, and if 35 or 40 makes more sense, it's about the process and lett
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Karen Potts
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book gave me motivation, guidance & a specific goal to aim for, all of which meant that I actually have begun the process of weeding out what no longer serves & discovering what serves & expresses the person I am today. Project 333 is about clothes, but the process can be applied to the entire home, depending on how far you want to go. It may be worth a second listening.
Margo
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not bad. I think a lot of the organisation and planning tips in this are sensible. It is a lot clearer than what I have read of Marie kondo but it does have a narrower scope.
Bit too much padding with the mindfulness stuff but I do accept that it might be more helpful for other people less uptight than me.

It is a quick read and a lot more helpful than that other capsule wardrobe book.
Nicole Chinnici
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love the idea of Project 333, but this didn’t need to be a book.
Sharon
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Some good insights regarding our obsession with clothes and shopping. I believe that pairing things down and decluttering create space for other opportunities. Good inspiration!
Shae
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that definitely does not need to be a book. There were so many moments where a link to her blog was listed in the text...Ma'am this isn't a hyperlink but maybe I should have just read your blog? But the content did deliver what I expected and I respect Carver and the challenge she's created.

Notes:
-write lots of thank you notes
-value morning routines
-Busy Boycott
-stop filling all the spaces
-let go to let more creativity into your life
-failure is survivable
-you can be o
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Panda Incognito
This book is vastly overwritten, and I ended up only skimming through it. People who are interested in Project 333 should read the author's blog posts about it, or read Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, the author's previous and much more engaging work, which covers her capsule wardrobe challenge along with other topics. This new book is mostly just fluff.

I expected that this book would provide additional details and clarity, but Carver just rehashes what she has
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Chani Knight
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the first part of this book the best. My favorite part of “self help” style books like this that promise to change your life is that you can take what you want from them and just leave the rest. The first part actually did motivate me to rethink my closet and the way I view my clothes (something I had been trying to do for years unsuccessfully), and reminded me that sometimes you do just need someone to give you “permission” or, really, just say the same thing in a different way for it t ...more
Marci
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been vaguely aware of this concept for a bit now, and I was curious about the book.
There are definitely moments wherein I personally lacked empathy for the author. I'm just going to admit that right off.
And there's a whole lot of this that's clearly marketing. "Let me tell you about my friend who is a professional blogger..." Blech.

At the same time, the idea is good and valid and her instructions are delivered in a soft enough matter that it doesn't feel overly strict. I personally do need
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Danielle
Disappointing

I was hoping from this book I would get ideas about minimising my wardrobe, how to create and pair outfits, how much realistically we need and information on good quality brands to invest in that are not fast fashion. Unfortunately none of this information was provided as it was a “what works for you will be different for everyone” so it was basically experiment and find out for yourself what works. I could’ve done that myself not paying money to read this book.
Victoria
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a gem of a find if you’re interested in a capsule/uniform style wardrobe. Your wardrobe is personal to you. Ms. Carver’s explaining makes it easy to understand, easy to implement, without giving up your personal style. I’ve always struggled with matching, so dresses are my go-to, either solids or prints. Everything else is in solid color blocks so it’s easy to match. And the decluttering aspects of other things in your life also make sense.
Tawanna
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I struggled so much to get through this book. I was given the impressions that a majority of the content was just page fillers. The break down of how many outfits you can make out of a specific number of clothing was mind numbing and added nothing. The author seems to get agitated and angry at the thought of people not doing her brain project. I'm glad it's over. ...more
Bailey
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Courtney's second book and it did not disappoint. Project 333 is all about the minimalist fashion challenge that not only changes closets but changes lives. Whether you are a minimalist or not (I am definitely not) there is something to be learned from this book. ...more
Katie
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
About so much more than too many clothes or exploding closets, issues I don’t particularly struggle with. This was a refreshing and inspiring self help book that didn’t make hyperbolic promises and wasn’t a dude telling women what to do. Recommend.
Michelle Charles
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been following Carver for years in my minimalist journey. This books shows the benefits of simplifying your wardrobe and how that positively spills over to every area of your life. Since I’m not currently wearing “real” clothes this seemed like the perfect time to revisit this project.
Alicia
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
THERE’S SOMETHING VERY RESTFUL ABOUT CARVER’S WRITING TO ME, WHICH IS MAYBE WHY I READ THIS EVEN THOUGH I’VE BEEN WEARING THE SAME PAIR OF SHOES FOR TWO YEARS LIKE SOME PRAIRIE WOMAN, AND ALL THIS INFO IS BASICALLY AVAILABLE THROUGH HER BLOG ANYWAY
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