So here they are <insert drumroll> my 33!

  1. striped tank top
  2. black shortsleeve shirt
  3. aubergine shortsleeve shirt
  4. black shapewear top
  5. olive sweater
  6. maternity jeans
  7. jeans
  8. jeans
  9. darkblue skirt
  10. black wrap vest
  11. white cardigan
  12. beige cardigan
  13. black leggings
  14. olive leggings
  15. gold-coloured top
  16. olive top
  17. pink cami
  18. black cami
  19. black-red-cream flowery skirt
  20. black longsleeve blouse
  21. red longsleeve shirt
  22. red pencilskirt
  23. black narrow belt
  24. black dangling earrings
  25. pumps
  26. boots
  27. flats
  28. trenchcoat
  29. winter coat
  30. crochet cap
  31. green scarf
  32. black knit gloves
  33. green warm gloves

Disclaimer: as it is quite impossible to test size, comfort and fit for the upcoming 3 months at this pre-childbirth stage, I reserve the right to switch any items that for some reason I do not wear, for something else, if I haven’t worn that item yet.

Not counting towards my 33 items: wedding ring, glasses, one simple hair tie, sport clothes, underwear (except for the 2 leggings), bags (will only be using them very functionally these months such as for groceries and diapers), rain ‘suit’ (waterproof overcoat + pants — a pure necessity when you live in the Netherlands and do everything by bike).


A challenge that is very much related to Project 333, is 6 items or less: wear only 6 items for 1 month, excluding outer wear, sports wear, shoes, accessories, underwear, and uniforms.

So what happens if you look at 333 from the 6iol point of view? In 3 months, you could wear 3×6 = 18 pieces (in the unlikely case that you would switch your entire wardrobe each month), and then have 15 items left for outerwear, shoes, and accessories. So, 6 items or less is a bit more strict. The nice thing though, is that it is easier to prepare for one month, than for three, particularly with the holidays, but probably even more so in my post-pregnancy case. To make this whole planning thing easier, let’s take a month-by-month look.

October and December are relatively easy to determine clothes for. In October, I will probably be mostly at home, caring for the baby, and have a body that still seems like it is 6 months pregnant (that is at least what I read and heard). December is quite a different story. I may be one or more clothing sizes smaller by then (no idea how quickly or slowly that will go), and for the holidays, I will definitely need something dressy to wear.

October: Lots of baby and belly: Accommodate lots of baby puke and spittle.
The 6: 1 blue pregnancy jeans, 1 blue or black skirt, 3 tops (blue stripes? black?), 1 cardigan (white or black)
Augmented with: black leggings to combine with the skirt, black boots, and trench and scarf to go outside. Perhaps some shapewear tops — I heard that can be really nice when you innards are trying to reposition themselves in your post-preg belly.

December: Conference and Christmas dinners: Time to dress up.
The 6: red pencil skirt, black camisole, red long-sleeve shirt, black long-sleeve blouse (for the conference), black cardigan (for the dinners), jeans-to-buy (in whatever size I am around then — look for second hand? — to have at least one pair of jeans that fits me well)
Augmented with: black earrings, black narrow belt?, pantyhose/tights/(leggings) (depending on the weather), (black boots), black pumps, winter coat, mittens, (scarf), hat

That leaves us with November, which is a bit of a wild card. I will probably still be mostly at home with the baby, but there may be some parties (bday, graduation) I may go to if the baby allows…

November: Slowly getting back into action: Flexible clothing additions.
The 6: add some more separates, depending on whatever seems to fit me by then. The time to do some closet shopping! Some more dressy clothes would be nice for the birthday and graduation parties. The clothes planned for December may not fit yet, so perhaps just add a dressy top and some suitable accessories. Subtracting the item counts for October (10-12) and December (10-13), that leaves about 8-13 items that I could add when needed. Should be feasible! Or am I underestimating the baby puke?

Project 333 is one of those challenges that I listed before: wear only 33 items for 3 months. These items include clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes, but not your wedding ring, underwear, sleep wear, lounge wear, and workout clothes. The next start of Project 333 is October 1st.

During my pregnancy, I simply did not have that many pieces that fit anymore, especially towards the end. And I wasn’t willing to buy a whole new wardrobe just for those last couple of months. So I have already had an informal test run with a minimal wardrobe.

At the moment we are still waiting for the baby to arrive, but she should be here by the beginning of October (otherwise I’ll just start a few days later). It will be a tricky period, as my body will slowly be returning to some kind of new normal (nine months on, nine months off?), and there will probably be a lot of baby spit covering anything I will wear. But I think it can be done!

Things to consider:

  • How often do I wash my clothes? Preferably not more than once a week. But as said, I’ll probably go through my clothes rather quickly with the baby…
  • Closet shopping: as my body will still be changing, I don’t really want to buy too many new items. So I’ll have to get the most out of what I already have.
  • Clothes that flatter my body shape: probably slowly moving from pregnant apple in the direction of my original rectangle (according to the test on bodyshapefashionadvice, even with bigger boobs and hips, I’ll probably still be a rectangle). During this period, perhaps more important than my shape is to have clothes that will accommodate my changing body…
  • Clothes that flatter my colours: according to the chic fashonista, I am warm spring, which apparently means that I should stay away from most cold colours and yellows, and go for warm and bright. Considering what I currently have, I will probably go for black as a neutral, and red as main bright, for now.
  • Dressy clothes: I will officially not get back to work (from maternity leave) until after this challenge, but there will be some events that I will probably go to (a conference, a Christmas lunch, and of course our own Christmas dinner and there is New Year’s Eve).
  • Baby: Although I have three dresses that accommodate pretty much any size, it would probably be a good idea to switch to separates as quickly as possible, so I can simply change tops in case of baby puke or something related. And then I just need a lot of tops!

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time actually: make daily meditation a habit. Actually, I think I even told myself that when I got pregnant, I would do this, for the baby. Now I have only one more month to go, so this is my last chance!

Power of Less style
Habit: 10 minute sitting meditation
When: First thing in the morning (or: at the first suitable moment)
Reward: A nice relaxing cup of tea afterwards on the balcony
Obstacles: If I have back pain due to the pregnancy, just go for a semi-sitting position with back support. If that is also too much, do it lying down. If I feel like I have no time… Come on, it’s just 10 minutes!
Start: Right now!

Day 1) Timer (with subtle sound) didn’t go off. Fix that for next time. Sitting started out well. Focusing on belly breath and baby. Then baby started pushing in my ribs, so I lied down.
Day 2)

After the Rubbish Diet Challenge, I’m keeping my eyes open for something new. Here is a totally not-exhaustive list of some of the more fun challenges I came across on the internet.

Less Stuff

The Packing Party
From: the, part of the 21-day journey into minimalism
This one is probably the most effective of all the declutter challenges I listed here. The official challenge is to give yourself 1 day to pack all your stuff into boxes. Cover large items you can’t box up with sheets. Now, for the next 7 days, if you really need something, unpack it. After those 7 days, everything that is still packed you can trash, sell, or donate. Of course all kinds of variations are possible. You could do one room at a time, or give yourself more time in the unpacking phase.

Digitize Your Stuff
From: the, part of the 21-day journey into minimalism
This challenge is to scan in all your photos and all the documents you really need. Also store your CDs and DVDs on your computer. For safety, you could sign up for an online backup service. Then you trash/donate/sell the physical items.

100 Thing Challenge
From Guy Named Dave [Earlier references: 1,2]
Keep only 100 things, or: live one year with 100 or less personal possessions (so things shared with others are exempt). Collections can be counted as 1 thing. Want more of a challenge? Why not go for just 50 things? Exile Lifestyle made the list visual with pictures — very nice.

10 Things Challenge
From Simple. Organized. Life.
Get rid of 10 items a week. Very feasible, and you still get rid of 520 items over a year’s time!

Less Clothes

Six Items or Less
Choose six items of clothing and wear only these for one month, not counting undergarments, swim wear, work-out clothes, work uniforms, outer wear, shoes and accessories.

Project 333
From Be More With Less
This challenge is a lot like the previous one, with slightly different rules. Pick 33 items, including clothing, accesories, jewelry, outerwear, and shoes, and stick to those for the next 3 months. Again some exemptions: underwear, sleep wear, workout clothing, and the wedding ring.

The One-Year Wardrobe Project
From Get Rich Slowly 
Following the same principle as the Packing Party: move all your clothes to a spare room. Whenever you need something, and it is not in your closet, get it from the spare room. Once you wore something once, it can stay in the main clothes closet. After one year, get rid of the clothes you haven’t worn.
Don’t have a spare room? You can also hang all your clothes with the hangers backwards. Once you used the item, hang it up with the hanger the right way. After a year, you can see exactly what you have worn, and what can go.

One Dress for One Year
From the Uniform Project, Little Brown Dress, One Dress Protest
Wear the same dress for one full year. Change it up by combining it with different items and accessories. Very inspiring to watch the Uniform Project Picture Book video. That is one versatile dress!

Less Buying

The Great American Apparel Diet
Do not buy any new clothes for a year. Exemptions: underwear, shoes, accessories, gifts, and of course: second-hand clothes, and making your own, charity, plants, art supplies, (legal) digital books and music.

Buy Nothing New for a Year
From The Compact, through And then there were four (more readable text)
Don’t buy any new products of any kind — borrow or buy used. Some exceptions: necessary stuff such as food, drink, medicine, cleaning products, underwear,

Less Chemicals

No-Poo Challenge
From Feeling Feminine, via The Thrifty Mama
For at least two weeks, go without shampoo or conditioner. You can just wash your hair with water (hot, and close off with cold), but there are also other alternatives for washing, such as baking soda and vinegar.
I have been trying for a couple of weeks with apple vinegar, which worked great, but I don’t like the smell. You do wash it out, but while in the shower, it is not really nice. So at the moment I switched to the water-only method.
On a related note, you could also try to replace other personal care products with natural ingredients. For example, think about your deodorant, shaving cream, other creams, facial masks, scrubs, hair masks. Google can point you to a lot of fun recipes to try.

Show Your Plastic Trash
From My Plastic-Free Life 
Collect all of your own plastic waste for a week. The first week, live normally, so you can see your starting point. Take a photo and list out the items. Fill in the online form where you can ask the community for tips, but also think about what you could easily replace with plastic-free alternatives, what items you could give up, and what items are problematic. Then go for the next week; continue for as long as you like. It is an ongoing challenge.

Doing Less

The Four-Day Week Challenge
From: A List Apart
Work four days a week instead of five. You’ll probably end up more focused, more efficient, more creative, more relaxed, and more connected to the important people in your life.

Doing More

101 Things in 1001 Days
Make a list of 101 things you want to do, then try to do them over the next 1001 days. Here is some inspiration to get started.

52 in 52
From Kelly’s World
A variation on 101 in 1001: do something new each week.


30 Sugar Free Days
From OlsonND
Eat only low glycemic index foods for 30 days: no sugar, no grains, no starchy vegetables or high glycemic index fruits such as bananas. What you can eat: most veg, fruits, protein. The website has a link to a pdf which contains a more explanation, and a detailed list of good and bad foods.

Run 30 / 40 / 50 Miles in 30 Days
From: Map My Run
One mile (1.6km) a day. Sounds very feasible, doesn’t it?


YES! No Impact Week
From YES! Magazine
“Challenges you to live a radically greener and more connected lifestyle–for just one week.” Each day has a different focus: consumption, trash, transportation, food, energy, water, giving back, eco-sabbath.

Flylady Babysteps
One month to get your house in order.

Write 50,000 words in one month. Yearly returning challenge that always starts November 1. There are a couple of variations on this, for example for creating your own comic.

The GOOD Challenge
A different challenge each month, to try to live a better life. Examples of past challenges: Give up soap and shampoo; Give up processed food; Drive less; Go vegetarian; Waste less; Unplug at 8 (less internet).

Create a New Habit in 30 Days
From: The Power of Less
Pick only one habit to focus on. Start small: just 10 minutes a day. Commit publicly. Write out exactly what habit you will be forming, when you will do it, any rewards, and how you will overcome obstacles. Tie the new habit to something you already do consistently every day. Be as consistent as possible. Report your progress every day. Give yourself rewards each week, and stay positive. (Accompanying PDF)