Easy Tips For Becoming A Low-Key Minimalist

By Andreea Ciulac
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Millions around the world have taken blogger Courtney Carver’s minimalist fashion challenge, known as Project 333, to dress with no more than 33 items for three months. Carver and a few other organizational experts offer tips on how to downsize.

Chicago Tribune

A self-imposed fashion challenge led Courtney Carver to become something of a minimalist guru. In 2010, the simplicity blogger behind Be More With Less downsized her overflowing wardrobe to a mere 33 pieces.

“I saved money, experienced less decision fatigue and stopped worrying about what other people might think,” she said.

Since then, millions around the world have taken her minimalist fashion challenge, known as Project 333, to dress with no more than 33 items for three months.

Minimalism might seem out of reach and intimidating, Carver said, “but it looks different to everyone.”

We asked experts how to take small steps toward a more Zenlike existence.

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Start small to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Grab a bin, and pack up everything you don’t really use, suggests Joshua Becker, founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist. If tackling an entire room feels daunting, start with a drawer or cabinet. Carver said look for duplicates. Does your family of three need 10 coffee cups?

After the initial sweep, give yourself time to adjust before moving onto the next level.

For Carver, that meant donating all the extras such as towels, books and even rarely used appliances like a rice cooker. Bookshelves, dressers and chairs were the last to go.

Reducing furniture and artwork to a handful of essentials might seem too austere for most people.

A more doable approach is to hold onto those pieces that showcase your passions, recommends Lucy Harris, a New York City-based interior designer whose work is inspired by modernism and minimalism.

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