As some of you may already know, my goal for 2017 is to reduce my possessions by at least 50%. I am biased, but I think everyone can benefit from understanding HOW that’s done – even I don’t know – but I know I’m on the right track…
I get passionate about ideas, that’s for sure. Maybe more passionate than I should at times (poor Mike), but I feel compelled to start taking account of what I’m “lifting” from my soul as I purge the material in my life. This journey began for me when Elle was born but escalated when we moved to our new home – now, it’s a goal that I am fiercely committed to. I am sick of being ruled by “things” – we’ve all been duped into this – let’s take back control!
Over the holidays I went through a lot of stuff. Here are a few areas I ransacked and you can take a look at in your house:
- Bathroom/Toiletries –
- Do you have samples of products you haven’t used? Old makeup, chapstick, medicine – you can quickly and easily raid a medicine cabinet, put it in the box, donate what’s good and throw away the rest.
- Office –
- You don’t need multiples of certain things – staplers, tape dispensers, cords, hundreds of pens. It may still be “good” but perhaps someone else can use it. You just need one of each. Do you even need a pencil holder?
- Things saved for future use need to be truly needed/valuable and stored properly. I found colored pencils and markers for Elle that she’s not ready for yet. I sorted them and put them in baggies – one of each color – the rest I’m donating to the library.
- Old electronics you’re keeping around? Get rid of them, recycle them, sell them. They’re bringing nothing to you. I found an energy stick, old mouse CD’s – please tell me who burns CD’s these days???
- Closet –
- You know how I feel about this one. Be hard on yourself. Get rid of the guilt of what you paid for something – if you don’t feel good in it, it’s served it’s purpose – let someone else enjoy it. Chalk it up to bad decisions – you’ve made many in your life so far, then, don’t make more of them (when it comes to clothing). Before you buy, figure out the emotion that goes with actually feeling good in your clothes. Put on your favorite shirt to remember that feeling.
- Kitchen –
- The first one here is easy – get rid of plastic containers (especially those that have BPAs in them).
- You should actually USE everything in your kitchen – if you don’t, it’s gone. Simple and easy. I got rid of placemats, any extra plastic cups. If you have crazy mix-matched mugs that you don’t love, let them go.
These are just a few starting points… more to come. Pick a place where you don’t have emotions attached and begin there – that’s easiest. Hope this helps. Happy minimizing!