I used to be quite organized. Items had a place and purpose. I would purge on a regular basis. My place and life didn’t feel cluttered. Then as I was working two to three jobs getting out of debt my life slowly got disorganized.
Instead of filing or tossing papers they ended up in a “file later” box. Instead of folding the socks I would just toss the socks in the drawer and the list goes on. Although I would try to go through, organize and purge here and there I never made it very far because of limited time, energy and the never ending “I’ll do that tomorrow.” Eventually the piles and the stuff took over.
As you can see on March 1st I had enough. I decided to start diving into the piles and boxes, drawers, kitchen cabinets, the closet and much more. Magazines, clothing, kitchen stuff, decorations, sports equipment (how many pair of ski boots does a girl need?!) and countless other things like bread baskets. Funny thing is I don’t even eat bread!
Since then I’ve been selling and donating a ton of stuff but there’s more. I’m not sure how there can be more but stuff seem to clone itself. Plus after I sold my house and moved into a condo I kept a lot of items for ‘whenever I have a house again’ such as garden tools, ladder and furniture that are overflowing in my assigned storage unit. It’s time to move those out of here too.
In the interview I did with Megan (you can read it here) she talked about that she is trying to get rid of 10 items a day in order to only keep what is essential and can fit into her car. It’s a freeing feeling to be down to only the essentials. I’ve been there many times.
Earlier this year I picked SIMPLE as my word. I missed the simpler life when I didn’t always feel stretched thin. That life also involved me being more organized. Since then I have made huge progress on the digital noise but I still have stuff that needs to leave my life.
I really loved Megan’s challenge of getting rid of x amount of items a day so I’m going to join her. However, I’m not sure I can keep the pace of ten items a day so I’m going for three. Then I know I can win each day. That means any item. A magazine, a pair of pants, a garden tool and yes, it’s time to downsize to two pair of ski boots.
If you are in the same boat as me in need of purging I would love for you to join me in this challenge. Instead of going at it in spurts I have been doing this for the last week and it’s fun but not overwhelming. Finding three items a day is very attainable.
A guideline that I’m using is that if an item hasn’t been used for a year then it’s most likely ready for the “go pile” unless of course that is something that can never be replaced like a family heirloom, certain gifts or something that holds tremendous sentimental value.
What 3 items could you donate, give away or sell today? Please share in the comments.