Confession: A Project 333 Update

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Having a simplified wardrobe is awesome. The dedicated space in my closet for my 33 items is nice and organized, and my husband now has more clothes in the closet than I do. But I have a confession: I still live in my gym clothes. And since gym clothes don’t count if they only get worn to the gym and not anywhere else outside of the house, it’s okay, right? Well, since I spend my days mostly at home and going to the gym once, sometimes twice a day, they get worn almost exclusively during the week. And if I have lunch plans after yoga, no problem. Have to stop by the grocery store after a group x class? Sure…2015-05-14 16.44.11

No more! My gym clothes drawer got its own Project 333 makeover this week. 33 items for each season of running, weight lifting, yoga, and pilates. And items I really do wear all the time got added to my everyday 33 items. No more cheating! And no more overflowing gym wardrobe.

Thankfully, my running clothes work well as double duty for yoga clothes and yoga clothes are perfect for weight lifting classes. And now if something gets added, something’s gotta go, just like with my main wardrobe. And if an item cannot multitask across different workouts, out it goes!

Have any of you tried Project 333 yet? Any other mid-season capsule wardrobe confessions out there?

Friday Favorites: Wish List

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Christmas is around the corner, and we are surrounded by boxes and bows, jewelry ads, Santa lists, and toy commercials. And this year, I find myself with a bad taste in my mouth witnessing it all. Instead of stuff and things and excess, how about a new spin on the holiday gift giving list.

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  1. Provide for others. Through the International Justice Mission Gift Catalog, you can donate to fight violence, poverty, and hunger in the name of a friend or family member. My brother did this for me last year, and it was the gift that stuck with me the most throughout the year.
  2. Homemade gifts. I love cooking, baking, and canning special treats for people at Christmastime. Quick breads, nut butters, jams, candies, granola, salsa, baking mixes – the possibilities are endless and the reward can be shared.
  3. Gifts with a purpose. Shop at any one of a number of fair trade, non-profit, or not-just-for-profit companies that operate to provide jobs and security to women all across the world. A few of my favorites are SsekoNoonday Collection, and FashionABLE.
  4. Time. My favorite part of the holiday season is time. Time away from the everyday. Time with family. Even time in the car is relished when I realize what a gift it is to have uninterrupted hours with someone I am otherwise too busy to see everyday. Create an event, plan an activity, go on a road trip. And enjoy the gift yourself.

A Few of My Favorite Things

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To continue the travel theme this week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things I’ve discovered as I started my minimalism journey, from a few of my favorite businesses. All of these are beautifully created, multi-functional products, perfect for both travel and everyday.

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1. Sseko t-strap sandals. These were a little weird for me to get used to wearing at first. Something felt a little off about them. Then I realized – they had a real sole! All my other sandals had a very small, flimsy piece of material as their base. These extremely well-made shoes have a solid, stable, comfortable base that creates a perfect shoe. Especially for walking all over the place when traveling. And their interchangeable designs are a minimalist’s best friend. Pack one pair of shoes and have something that matches every outfit.

2. Taylor Custer pearl necklace. My go-to jewelry, along with a pair of pearl studs my parents gave me when I graduated from high school. 95% of my jewelry box are Taylor’s creations. Beautiful, simple, classic, and elegant. And pearls go with anything.

3. Emily Ley Home Base Binder. Along with my Simplified Planner, this binder is my go-to for everything. I’ve pretty much re-organized my whole life by this, and after getting rid of all my apps and digital calendars, having a place to organize all my goals, meal plans, projects, blog posts, schedules is amazing. Plus its pretty and fun to display on the bookshelf.

4. Sseko crossbody bag.  Three bags in one. What could be better? This bag is the perfect wallet in my carry-on. Then pop on the strap, and you’ve got a purse for the trip. Only need a phone and credit card? Fold it over. Need to stash a sweater, a snack, a camera? Open it up and wear it as a full bag. The tote is also awesome for a larger everyday bag. Even my larger laptop fits inside easily, and there’s plenty of space for binders, books, groceries, travel items, etc.

5. Lululemon wrap. Probably the best thing I ever bought from Lulu. This is a travel girl’s best friend. It’s a sweater, a blanket, a scarf, a hoodie. Lightweight as an extra layer, it’s necessary for cold planes and stale hotel rooms. It’s cozy for a Saturday afternoon on the couch. Or acceptable with jeans for a casual night out. And it’s perfect for the post-yoga walk home on a chilly city evening. Love love love this.

What are some of your favorite minimalist-friendly things?