Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Sometimes an unexpected item in the back of a drawer can bring back a flood of memories. The emotions can be intense when letting go of items that symbolize so much more. The momentum of ten items a day is keeping me moving forward, thankfully!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Every month I embark on a new challenge, there is always an unexpected discovery. I should have guessed this would happen, but being that I love to shop (clearly), I just didn't see it coming. With all this purging (10 items a day!), I have no desire whatsoever to shop or buy anything new this month. We had our charity ball last Saturday and rather than buy a new dress, I just wore a gown from a few years back. Instead of feeling like I was missing out, I felt good making the right minimalist decision. And, I'm saving so much money by not making any new purchases!
Walking gently on this Earth. Ignoring the lure of conspicuous consumption. Living simply
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
A few blogs that consider this same dilemma:
Saturday, June 15, 2013
The challenge is becoming more difficult. The first 15 days were relatively easy. I made a first pass at my closets and a few cabinets to find things I knew I didn't need. But now I'm taking a second look and it's becoming harder to let go.
I've read a few blogs that talk about owning 100 items - and they mean owning 100 items total. It seems impossible! While I'm not striving for such extreme minimalism, I still admire the simplicity.
What does owning less mean to me?
- Consuming less which is good for the environment and lessens my carbon footprint.
- Consuming less which allows me to save more, and spend more on experiences rather than things.
- Consuming fewer goods that hurt developing countries and enslave a powerless workforce.
- Living with less clutter.
- Having closets that are organized and simple.
- Simple wardrobe choices - paring down to only things I love and that I feel good in.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
As I get further into this month, I'm facing the reality that I have way too many clothes. What exactly does that mean? On the surface, it means that I have closets full of clothes that I never wear. The quantity is overwhelming and only adds to the clutter. On a deeper level, I'm embarassed by the waste of spending too much money for things that end up unused and buried in a closet. Imagine what I could have done with that money? A trip? A donation to a noble charity? Life experiences rather than belongings.
This is, sadly, a lifelong habit. But one that I would love to turn around. I don't think I recognized how much this issue has weighed me down. My goal is to truly take a minimalist approach to my clothes.
- Keep significantly fewer clothes.
- Keep only one of any one type and wear it until it's time to replace it.
- Buy only clothes that I absolutely love.
- Buy less often.
The principles are simple, but I've yet to achieve them so far. Perhaps this month will trigger the radical change I need to transform.
By the way, I feel awfully petty even talking about clothes. First World Problems. But it's part of daily life that just needs my attention... then I'll return to contemplating the meaning of life. Ridiculous, I know!
I found this site helpful: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/a-practical-guide-to-owning-fewer-clothes/
Another set of 10 items to sell/donate:
Monday, June 10, 2013
Excerpt from the Minimalists: 20/20 Theory
"Anything we get rid of that we truly need, we can replace for less than $20, in less than 20 minutes from our current location. Thus far, this theory has held true 100% of the time. Although we’ve rarely had to replace a just in case item (less than five times this year for the two of us combined), we’ve never had to pay more than $20 or go more than 20 minutes out of our way to replace the item. This theory likely works 99% of the time for 99% of all items and 99% of all people. Including you.
More importantly, we haven’t missed the hundreds of just in case items we got rid of, and we didn’t need to replace most of them at all.
Getting rid of these items clears one’s mind, frees up their space, and takes the weight off their shoulders.
What are you holding on to just in case?"
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
This month's challenge (to recycle or donate 10 items every day) will unclutter my closets, but I'm hoping it will also simplify my home and create more detachment to personal belongings. I am inspired by Leo's blog at http://mnmlist.com/ but my minimalism ambitions are not quite as extreme as Leo's.
As with most of my other monthly challenges, there is often an unexpected result that comes into being but only time will tell on this one...
During the first few days, the decison about what to let go of are quite simple, but I know that as the month progresses, I'm going to have to reach a bit further. In preparation, the following principles that I've read over the years may help:
- If I haven't worn it/used it in a year, let it go.
- If it doesn't work, let it go.
- If it is worn, let it go.
- If it isn't beautiful, let it go.
- If I'm saving it "just in case I'll need it someday", let it go. Live in the now.
- Everything I own should have value because I need it or I love it.
- Do not keep gifts I've received out of guilt. Better to let it go and give it a more noble purpose in the world by someone who will use it.
- I'm trying not to buy anything this month, but if I do, I need to let go of something in it's place (above and beyond the 300 items I'm already striving for)
Just like every word in a Haiku is necessary, beautiful, and meaningful, so should all my personal belongings follow that same guideline. And with that, another batch of ten is assembled for departure.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
I love poetry, in all its marvelous forms. The haiku is remarkable - in just 17 syllables, a good haiku can convey beauty, meaning, and transformation. Despite the limiting constraint of just three short lines (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables), poets can express profound meaning. Every word of a haiku is conscious, deliberate, and necessary - and results in a simplistic, beautiful, inspiring expression.
And so begins my month of transforming my home using the same principles of the haiku. Every belonging is conscious, deliberate, and necessary - and results in a simplistic, beautiful, inspiring expression.
The idea - Donate or recycle 10 items every single day during the month of June.
To liberate. To transform. To simplify.