“I realized that slowing down, while beneficial to your well-being and performance, also speeds up your most valuable insights — for yourself and your work.”
~Paresh Shah http://www.thechangeblog.com/chasing-richness/
Is “Simple” the New Black?
I have always been intrigued by the concept of “Simple,” so when I came across the minimalist blog, Be More With Less I was delighted. Courtney Carver, former advertising executive, now Simplicity Guru is the mastermind behind Project 333 which challenges us to reduce our wardrobes to 33 items for 3 months.
There is just something about a good challenge that makes me want to say: I CAN DO IT! So over the past month I’ve been mulling this over in my mind. Could I really pare my wardrobe down to only 33 pieces? After all, I probably have close to 33 pairs of shoes. Shameful I know, but I am not the only one, and I know there are those with a lot more; so I don’t feel too bad.
What would it mean?
Austerity… Self Control… Diet… Self Mastery… Boring… 33 really great pieces that I love… Head space to think about other things than the way I look… Simplicity… Improved priorities… Space… Lower carbon footprint… Suffering?
Well, I did it yesterday. In preparation I mind mapped what my wardrobe should include. Categories were: pants, shirts, sweaters, skirts/dresses, outerwear, accessories and footwear. I didn’t include pajamas, underwear, or workout clothes.
Next I thought of a fall color scheme which included: grey, black, ivory/white, denim blue, camel and mustard and then started to fill in the blanks.
I can tell you, getting started wasn’t simple and this is not a money-saving adventure. If I’m going to wear only 33 things, then they will be things I love. This led me to buy a very expensive (for me) pair of black Frye Combat Boots. I LOVE THEM, and I might wear them every day; even with skirts and dresses despite the fact that I am a woman of a certain age (that means old if you didn’t know.)
Last night I was pretty excited about my accomplishment. Here is what I learned…
The thought has occurred to me that this doesn’t have to apply just to clothes. What about “stuff” in general? I’m not suggesting a radical reduction to everything I own, but I do want to question everything. What would happen if I applied the spirit of Project 333 to how I spend my time? If I only had 33 months, days, or minutes, what would I do? Watch Candy Chang’s Ted Talk
Well that’s all for this week. I’ve been working on a video for Caregiver’s Storyboard called, “Gun Run for Grandma.” I will be posting it soon, so be watching. If you haven’t seen Caregiver’s Storyboard, check it out on Facebook and please tell your friends. Caregiver’s Storyboard is a safe place for sharing stories and i hope you will do just that. I want to hear from you 🙂
Take care and until next time, may you find your cup half full 🙂
Barbara (The Blog Whisperer)