Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 22 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Maurice and the Theban Legion
home iconFor Her
line break icon

Here’s a great system for buying and using less clothing

SMILING WOMAN

SHUTTERSTOCK

Dolors Massot - published on 04/06/19

Project 333 is good for our finances, and for the planet.

Every year, especially during Lent, it’s good for us to examine our lives and see how we can get rid of extra material belongings that clutter up our hearts and our lives. It’s also a good opportunity for us to give the things we don’t really need either directly to people we know can use them, or to charitable organizations that can use them to help those in need.

One way to do this is to review how much clothing we buy and use. The fact is, most of us buy more clothes than we need. Many people even would have to admit that there are articles of clothing they bought on an impulse but which, even a year later, they haven’t used.

Buying less clothing has various benefits. Besides making us more responsible with our own finances, it helps us create a more sustainable relationship with the environment. It’s one of those daily steps that any of us can take to put into practice Pope Francis’s call in his encyclical “Laudato Si’” to take greater care of our common home, the Earth. However, like any other good resolution, it’s easier said than done.

In 2010, Courtney Carver created a new minimalist fashion challenge to help people reduce their clothing consumption: Project 333. This challenge proposes that we take a moment to look at the clothing in our closet, analyze what we have, and select just 33 articles of clothing—including accessories—to wear for next 3 months. Hence, the number 333.

Courtney Carver created Project 333 as a result of a process of re-examining her life that resulted from her being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. Learning about her illness made her want to simplify her life. She describes her story, ideas, and experiences on her blog, Be more with less.

Take the 333 challenge at least once

Nine years after it was launched, Project 333 is still going strong. It can be difficult to live the rules of this challenge on a permanent basis; how much clothing we need depends to some extent on our lifestyle, our social obligations, and our professional occupations. However, doing the 333 challenge at least once will help us discover a lot of things about ourselves, and can teach us at least three lessons:

1. Learn to prioritize

We need to learn to forget about “just in case,” and Project 333 will help us to ask ourselves if we really need each of our articles of clothing. This will make us more selective, and will make us think about the reasons why we need or prefer one piece of clothing instead of another.

2. Think twice before buying

Once we’ve chosen the 33 articles of clothing that we’re going to keep in our closet, it will make us stop and think much more carefully before we buy anything more. We will learn to look at what we already have before we buy something new, which is a wonderful way to save money.

3. Learn to distinguish the quality of clothing

If we only have 33 pieces of clothing, it means we’ll wash each item more often. This way, we’ll discover what kinds of fabrics last longer, and which ones wear out more easily. This experience will help us to the more informed and conscious consumers.

No method works for absolutely everyone. However, one of the greatest obstacles to living responsibly is a lack of awareness and an irrational tendency to accumulate things we don’t need. Project 333, and other similar minimalist challenges, can help us raise our consciousness and make the changes we need in our lives to be freer, more responsible citizens of planet Earth.


WOMAN,FASHION

Read more:
The one question you need to ask before buying an item of clothing




Read more:
Why We Need to Stop Giving Our Junk to the Poor

Tags:
Environment
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
ANMOL RODRIGUEZ
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
2
ARGENTINE CHILDREN
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
3
RESURRECTION
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
4
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
5
PRAY
Philip Kosloski
Pray this Psalm when you successfully recover from an illness
6
OUR LADY
Philip Kosloski
An alternative Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows
7
PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.