Saturday, June 15, 2013

150 items and counting

I am at the halfway point. I've gathered 150 items. Most of them will be donated to Goodwill this week and a few were just tossed or recycled.

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?
  • Simplicity. 
  • 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.
 In my home, it means...
  • 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.
I'm still embarrassed that I own this much. I live in small place and it's unbelievable how many things are tucked away in boxes, cabinets and drawers. Wish me luck in the days to come!

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