I have way too much stuff. Stuff I don’t use, stuff I hold onto “just in case,” stuff taking up room in my home and in my life that I simply don’t have the inclination to allow any more.
Perhaps it was the change in weather (it actually feels like Fall in October in South Mississippi–this is a new experience for me), perhaps it is the post-RA feeling of purpose and identity and organization I’ve found, perhaps it’s just being done with the old. Whatever it was, I’m grateful for it.
I have too much stuff.
I’ve mentioned that a friend is doing a “Min Challenge” (as in minimalism) via Instagram, a 30 day challenge that asks that she rid her house of 1 thing on the first day, 2 things on the second day, and so forth, until the 30th day of the month.
That’s waaaay too ambitious for me. So I modified it.
My goal is to get rid of 21 things a week, which breaks down to 3 items per day. I figure this is doable. By setting my target for the week rather than the month, I’m able to cover for days I can’t do much of anything.
So here goes:
For week One, I rid myself of a shirt and 2 pairs of shoes (not pictured, since I’ve already given them away) and these items:
- a purse I won’t ever use
- a stuffed cell phone
- a pair of Mardi Gras beads
- a 10 year service pin
- 5 small spools of thread
- dog collar
- pair of shoes
- 6 old phone books
- flash light that doesn’t work (Yes, I tried new batteries)
The recyclable stuff will go out for recycling; the toy stuff will go to my niece and/or nephew. The stuff I can give away, I will, and the stuff I can’t, I’ll trash.
- I had phone books from 2010. Crimey.
- In the process, I’ve already found a couple of things that I’m experiencing resistance to getting rid of. I put them aside and will deal with them later–I have plenty of stuff that can come before it. I asked myself, “Why am I holding onto it?” but I didn’t have an answer.
- I had an interesting reaction to finding my Years of Service pin. Because I’m still working there, I’ll table that subject for another time.
- I managed to get my overflowing “junk drawer” cleaned out. A HUGE accomplishment. It’ll be an even bigger accomplishment when I find homes for the stuff that isn’t actually junk.
So that’s it for this week. Anyone up for doing this challenge with me?