image of my meticulously organized Single drawer of clothing

The Challenge

Originally proposed by Courtney Carver of the Be More With Less book and blog, the 333 challenge is an effort to live for 3 months with only 33 items in your wardrobe, including jewellery, shoes and other accessories.

With the 100 items challenge having already whittled down my clothing collection substantially, reducing it even further is a significant challenge. A tangential issue is that I’m not actually doing all that well at keeping my possessions to 100 items, at the moment I’m sitting at around 110 since indulging in a retail therapy experiment for my “30 days to find my zen” challenge.

The Rules

  1. When: October 1 – December 31
  2. What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  3. What’s not included: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – socks, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing
    How: over the next two months, outline your 33 items, by the 1st of October, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
  4. What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe you can live, work, and play in for three months. If you purchase items for project 333, stick with the one in, two out, approach. Consider the essentials and stick to 33.

In July, I began the initial part of the 333 challenge by sorting through clothing and considering something I rarely had before, fashion. Actually making the 333 list exposed my deep fashion naivety when it occurred to me that I didn’t know the names for the types of clothing I owned, such as the shrug, the knit top or finding out that it’s a button down top not a button up. I still have a few weeks to finalize my list of the wearable items that will get me through work, play, and travel for three months, but this is my preliminary list:

My 333 List


  1. Shirt – Spaghetti Strap Top
  2. Shirt – Tank Top
  3. Shirt – Long Sleeve Knit Top
  4. Shirt – Red T-shirt
  5. Shirt – Yellow T-shirt
  6. Shirt – Patterned T-shirt
  7. Shirt – Star Trek T-shirt
  8. Shirt – White Buttoned Down Top


  1. Pants – Jeans
  2. Pants – Red
  3. Pants – Black & Red
  4. Pants – Black


  1. Skirt – Long / Black
  2. Skirt – Short / Red Striped
  3. Skirt – Short / Grey


  1. Dress – Sun
  2. Dress – LBD


  1. Shoes – Flats
  2. Shoes – Walking
  3. Shoes – Heeled Boots

Coats & Sweaters

  1. Long Coat
  2. Long Grey Sweater


  1. Sun Glasses
  2. Hat – Fedora
  3. Belt – Black
  4. Hip Sack – Blue
  5. Shell – White Lace
  6. Shrug – Black Ballet
  7. Vest – Leather
  8. Jewelry – Earrings
  9. Jewelry – Necklace

The challenge officially starts October 1st and I’m excited to use the limitations of the 333 challenge to spark my fashion creativity and passion.

Wish me luck 🙂

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