At the end of last year I had decided to challenge myself to declutter three items a day for 33 days. On the first day I actually released four items and then continued with three items daily so that I would have decluttered a total of 100 things before the new year. When I did this project last year it was challenging, yet I was forced to dig deep, and I discovered that I was keeping ridiculous items such as broken sunglasses that were stored in my car glove compartment. You can read the list of the 100 items that I decluttered from the first time doing this challenge here.
During The 33 Days Declutter Project I posted my three items daily on the Minimalist Beauty Facebook Page. Posting my findings held me responsible to complete this project when there were days that I wanted to quit or when I became frustrated. Although I was only releasing only three items a day, staying consistent was what made this extremely difficult for me. Some days were definitely easier than others.
Despite knowing what this challenge entails, I’ve decided to go for Round 2. Although I got rid of a lot of things before we moved in July, the truth of simple living speaks volumes when you open your closet doors. This time I will be focusing on items in our coat and hall closet, as well as kitchen cabinets which are not used daily or monthly. Because I have a tiny wardrobe already, I will not be focusing on clothing as much this time, yet I will stay honest with myself through the process.
Living light is such a beautiful way to experience every day, yet it takes an intense effort in a society that focuses on consumerism.
The only way to continue to thrive living simply is to either never purchase anything again which really isn’t completely possible, of course minimize your consumption which is the philosophy behind living simply, and also to take the time to declutter for overall maintenance. Even with conscious consumerism, you are still given gifts, and collect more things than originally intended. Every once in awhile taking the time to go through everything can help get your back on track as well as be rewarding.
My Plans For Round 2
1. Let go of 4 things the first day and 3 things daily for the rest if this project.
2. At the end of each week take items to be donated to the allocated donation center.
3. Post what I am decluttering each day on Facebook.
4. Move towards a plastic-free lifestyle again.
5. Continue to find more enjoyment in this process!
Everything is energy. When we keep things out of fear we are only creating more fear in our lives versus designing a life of freedom and joy. When we keep things out of guilt or items that bring up negative emotions that definitely doesn’t add to more positivity or freedom in your life. In my opinion it is important to make space for the new things that you desire in life whether it is abundance, opportunity, peace of mind, success, you fill in the blank. Read the original article… The 33 Days Declutter Project.
So finally I’m going to ask. Do any of you want to join me on The 33 Days Declutter Project–Round 2? I’m starting on September 1, 2014 and will continue through October 3, 2014. Share your thoughts and your goals below!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)