Last month, I took the challenge to take a week and purge 10 things a day, for a total of 70 items that would have to be recycled, given away, donated to charity, or thrown out (if no other way to repurpose). Here is how I did (and yes, my house is 70 items lighter!)...
Monday (girls room): 6 clothing articles to donation, 1 puzzle missing pieces (thrown out), 2 stuffed animals (donate), 1 pair shoes (consignment shop)
Tuesday: (My room): 4 clothing articles--mine (to be sold on Ebay), 1 purse (donate), 1 pair shoes (to ebay), 2 books (given to friend), 2 shirts --husband's (donate)
Wednesday: (Craft/sewing room): 3 old craft catalogs (recycle), 7 stamp sets (ebay)
Thursday:( living room): 4 cookbooks (take to second hand bookshop), 3 knick knacks (donate), old magazines (count as one item--recycle), 2 jackets (in closet off living room--donate)
Friday: (my room--again): 10 more clothing articles: (3 ebay and 7 donate)
Saturday: (Kitchen/Dining Room): 3 coffee cups (donate), 1 odd saucer type plates (donate), 4 Christmas wine stoppers (donate), tupperware pitcher (donate), really ugly platter--was a gift received years ago (donate)
I am finding that my personal minimalism journey is a series of very small steps. This works for me, mainly because my time to focus on it is limited secondary to it now being tax season (our busy time since Mr. Darcy is a CPA). But with each day comes a drawer or a shelf or a closet that is cleaned out, organized and no longer cluttered with unneeded items and I love that.
- areas of the house I have already done are easier to maintain; I am spending less time picking up
- Time I use to constantly spend picking up those areas is now available for actual, more thorough, cleaning. I am no longer feeling "behind" all the time.
- Closets, especially the kids, are organized. Outfits are easy to find.
- Once I cleaned out closets and donated many unwanted/unworn items a funny thing happened: less money was being spent on clothes. I can only attribute this to I am more aware of what everyone owns and everything is easier to find.