I’m a big fan of the website Unclutterer.com, and a recent challenge posted there has inspired me. For the month of August, I’m planning to get rid of one item per day.
Let’s back up- I have no existential problem with materiality. I love shopping, I love gadgets, I love clothes and my kids love toys. I’m not really trying to “simplify my life”- I have no illusions. If my possessions were gone, my life would be harder, not easier and happier. What I have a problem with is STUFF sitting around that’s not being used. Clutter. I yearn for neater surroundings with more clear surfaces, better storage, more space to do things in.
If I had my way, my house would not have anything in it which didn’t meet all of the following requirements:
- Functional (and better yet, efficient)
- Nice to look at
- “Me”. (Well, “us”).
High standards for your entire house to meet, but I think it’s something to strive for, and something to keep in mind when you’re deciding what should stay and what should go. Because essentially, that’s what this challenge is about- what should go.
For the month of August, my monthly project is to get rid of one item a day. Into the trash, out of the house (or into the donation bag, which will go at the end of the month to the local children’s hospital thrift store. If you don’t have a local donation drop-off spot, FIND ONE that takes many different items and that’s convenient to drop things at. Then use it.)
Here are the rules of the challenge:
- 1 item per day must go for the month of August. More than 1 is fine as well.
- The item may be any size. You’re still going to be 30 items lighter at the end of the month and even if every one of those items was a sock with a hole in it, that’s a big chunk of drawer space cleared.
- You may “work ahead”- clear 7 items each Monday and call it a week, or whatever.
- Putting things away in a closet doesn’t count. They must go to a donation bag (which will go at the end of the month) or out of the house immediately.
So- who’s with me?