My five-a-day planMonday, August 19, 2013
I came across this quote the other day and it definitely resonated.
Problem: I don't abide by this. At all. My house is full of things that are neither beautiful nor useful to me.
A drawer full of bras that no longer fit, but I've barely worn them, and it feels wasteful to get rid of them.
Kitchen appliances we don't use. How many George Foreman grills does one household need?
Chocolates left over from not just Easter, but Christmas. CHRISTMAS!
Two ironing boards. WE DON'T EVER IRON.
At least six or seven spare pillows. I don't even.
I'm generally pretty good at keeping my clothes inventory reasonable-ish. I know how often I wear things and I have no problem getting rid of old clothes (usually because I rationalize it by buying something new) but when it comes to *things* - towels, bedding, kitchen stuff, actual useful things - I have a hard time getting rid of excess. It might come in handy someday! We barely used that!
While our house looks tidy on the outside, I would have a heart attack if someone opened a closet door. It's just a lot of stuff, yo.
So rather than embark on a big, top-to-bottom cleaning, purging, organizing frenzy, I am going to commit to getting rid of five items a day. Just five. It can be five pairs of socks with holes in them. It can be five couches (it WON'T be five couches, because we only have three, but you get the drift.) Five items a day that can be tossed, sold, or donated. That's doable, right? It's not a huge time commitment - it's only going to take 10 minutes, hopefully less. And honestly, there'll be days when I get on a roll and end up chucking way more than five things.
My hope is that within a month or so, I'll start to notice a difference. Less "stuff". Feeling lighter. More space.
Do you have too much stuff, or just the essentials? If you've ever done a big decluttering operation of your own, how did it go? What helped you?