Though becoming minimalist leads to a simpler life, it is not always easy to achieve. Several projects have come along to allow for an easier transition from allowing stuff to control us to us controlling our stuff, our time and our lives. There are many projects and challenges made available through the internet, though some of them allow an easier process with much more progress.
The 100 Things Challenge was made popular by a man named Dave Bruno. It was originally intended as a challenge for himself to reduce the number of physical things he owned and remove himself from the life of consumerism. The challenge has since been accepted by many others, including Zen Habit’s Leo Baubata and The Minimalists’ Joshua Fields Millburn. The number of things chosen for this challenge (100) is completely arbitrary, but it does give us a good starting point for the reduction of our non-essentials. This challenge encourages you to remove that which you don’t find necessary and forces you to decide between things as you move forward.
Project 333 is a minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. The period for this challenge can be extended as much as you’d like. Courtney advises that we exclude things like underwear and wedding rings, while including accessories, outer-wear and shoes. This encourages us to not only reduce the amount of articles in our wardrobe, but also to fill it with only things we love. This project not only reduces the amount of things in our wardrobe, but also simplifies the daily routines involving them.
The Minimalists’ 21-day project was created by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. This project, which could also be looked at as another challenge, walks us through a step-by-step 21-day process. They guide us through the deciding (should vs. must) and planning on days 1 and 2. They then help us reflect upon our progress on day 21. Joshua and Ryan also introduced us to the idea of a packing party, where we pack the entirety of our belongings (minus our furniture, which they advise we cover) as if we were moving, unpacking only that which we need along the way. The idea of this project is to end up with only the essentials unpacked, leading to the beginnings of a simpler and more meaningful life.
Have you started any of these projects? Have you completed any? Has there been another project or challenge that has helped you along the way?