Jess Lively, one of my favorite bloggers, has posted her Throw Out 100 Things Challenge twice, and just reading about it always inspires me. I finally took the plunge this weekend and it felt AMAZING. Here’s the gist:
“Going through our stuff and identifying what we don’t need, use, or love is a lot like giving our home a facial. Plus, regular exfoliations control clutter and highlight what we don’t want to acquire in the future. Though the term “throw out” is in the challenge title, I trash as little as possible. Most items are donated, recycled, and passed on to someone new. I believe that each item as has its own “life cycle” independent of our lives. We are simply the stewards for our items as long as we need, use, or love them. After that time has passed, it is our responsibility to take the items someplace where they can be used and appreciated again. That said, I’m also a big proponent of the ventilator test: If you suddenly died, and your loved ones had to deal with your stuff, would they toss it out? If so, don’t keep clutter because you are sad to see it go in the trash. It will go there eventually. Don’t let it stress you out in the meantime.”
Simply bring more awareness to future purchases.
De-cluttering goes so much deeper than just stuff. I’ve been focusing on simplifying my life and living intentionally. This means focusing on my goals, focusing on what’s truly important, how I want to feel + how I want to live my life. I’ve also been focusing on investing in quality items, as well as tools to help my business run more smoothly (or reduce stress!).
Once I got started on the challenge, I couldn’t stop. I have over 200 items including clothes, shoes, expired bodycare/makeup, expired medicines and supplements, etc. to donate, sell or toss. There was something therapeutic and refreshing to lessen the clutter and donate items. Plus, I re-organized some items in the kitchen. Since I work from home, my surroundings affect my work and stress level. When my house is messy, it gives me anxiety and makes it hard to focus.
For my nicer clothing items that I no longer wear, I requested a bag from Thredup. You can get a price range of what the item is worth before sending it, and what they don’t accept, they’ll donate. Sounds pretty good to me!
In Jess Lively’s latest challenge, she offers 7 THROW OUT 100 THINGS TIPS. These came in handy while I was going through my stuff (especially number one and three.)
1. Set an intention. No surprise here, right? One great place to start is to create an intention for your wardrobe and home that can help guide your exfoliation choices and shape your environment according to your vision.
3. Take photos of emotionally important items. Sometimes we keep items we don’t need, use, or love because they are tied to a memory we are afraid we might forget. Rather than save the item itself, take a photo (or make a video!) and create a memory book so the memory stays and the clutter goes.
I have more work to do, but this has been an eye-opening start. I’m going to focus the second half of the year on living intentionally, somewhat minimalist and examining my wants and goals more deeply.
Does de-cluttering feel as good to you? How often do you go through your things?