Be More With Less: Five in Ten

Declutter, five in ten, simplify

I have so enjoyed reading Courtney Carver’s blog, Be More with Less. She is the founder of Project 333, which is a minimal wardrobe movement of only wearing 33 items for 3 months. It sounds extreme, but I’ve been trying it out for the last few weeks and will probably just keep it up through the end of September, which would get me to the start of my Fall wardrobe. I find I still have a crazy amount of outfits to wear but my closet looks so nice and clean. That doesn’t mean that I only have said amount of clothes- I have bins of clothes that are just out of sight because I am not yet ready to part with them but slowly, I am selling and culling those items. Which brings me to the point of this post.

The concept from Courtney’s blog that I really wanted to share with you today was her Five in Ten exercise.  She suggests getting a head start on decluttering by going into your closet and grabbing 5 things that don’t fit, don’t get worn, still have tags on, or are not in great shape. Bag them up and donate them, NOW.  It should take less than 10 minutes!  I went into my closet last week and went through the bins of clothes I’m not wearing at the moment (out of season items or those that just didn’t make the cut of my current 33).  Instead of just 5 items, I was able to triple that number of clothes to get rid of in the 10 minutes allotted!  I had a pile of at least 15 things that were looking ratty or don’t get worn as much as they should.

I’m looking forward to taking this challenge to other parts of our house. The drawers beneath our washer and dryer that are brimming full of hats, mittens, and snow gear?  Yeah, I’m coming for you next!

If you like to read about simplifying (or are wanting to simplify) head over to Courtney’s blog– it’s full of great inspiration for decluttering!  If you are interested in a capsule wardrobe, she offers a class on the subject- click here for information! (If you do take the class, I do get a percentage of the sale- thank you for supporting me on the blog!)

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