Handbag capsule

Some time ago, I wrote about a handbag I owned but didn’t wear.   I loved it but never seemed to reach for it. I only have three handbags so something didn’t seem right. I decided to include it in my autumn capsule, pleased that I would be using it properly. After a few wears, I…

Capsule Combinations

My first foray into the world of Project 333 was in autumn 2015.   I felt quite anxious about attempting it but thought I’d give it a go. I selected clothes for my workwear capsule and then some for my casual wear capsule. So 2 capsules, each of 33 pieces. 66 pieces felt quite limited (!)…

Letting go

This is a picture of a candle, with a burnt wick. Nothing to see here, right? But sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference. I feel I’m an old hand at de-cluttering now. Clearing out clothes was fine – in fact, very liberating. I thought books would be hard and they were…

Small steps to simplicity

When I started my journey to simplicity, I found minimalism to be the greatest tool at my disposal. At that stage, I hadn’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – indeed I don’t think it was even available in English at that point. But I agree with her that starting with clothes is…

Autumn capsule: curating

  I’ve transitioned from my summer to my autumn capsule. It feels great – like I have a whole, new wardrobe! It’s one of the things I love about Project 333. While the number is limited, it’s not restrictive and each capsule lasts for only three months – not long enough to get tired of…

Autumn capsule: preparation

  There’s a chill in the air, a diminishing of leaves on the trees and my summer clothes are beginning to feel inadequate – autumn is coming! Personally, I love autumn – or fall for my US readers :-). I like the excuse to snuggle into warmer clothes, dust off my boots and start lighting…

Autumn capsule: planning

When I’m planning a new capsule, I have a simple technique to figure out the proportions of what type of clothes I need: Calculate the hours in a week Figure out how many hours I’m in sleepwear (not just asleep!) Count how many hours are spent at work (including commuting) What’s left is down-time, so…

Minimalism and perfection

Sometimes I get side-tracked by the pursuit of perfection. Here’s my dilemma …. I love reducing the number of items I have – living with less – clearing the clutter. It helps my outlook, my contentment levels and my appreciation for what I have. But I can get locked into a mindset that looks like…

Neutral cardigan and the absence of joy

I love Marie Kondo’s phrase of ‘does this spark joy?’ when reviewing an item, but sometimes think it’s overstating how I feel.  My raincoat doesn’t exactly spark joy but I wouldn’t be without it.  So, I’ve tended to use The Minimalists’ phrase of ‘does this add value to my life?’.  This suits me better and…