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You would think that I would have planned some kind of big fan fare for when DAY 365 came along but I haven’t. I had given it a lot of thought over the last few months and came up with nothing. The 365th thing should be something significant but everything that left the house has been significant in it’s own way. I am very happy that I made it and stuck to my resolution for the whole year. However, the exciting part is the lessons and changes of attitude that evolved along the way.
The idea of 365 Less Things was to take it easy, focus on one thing at a time instead of being scared off by the big picture, and that slow and steady would win the race. It proved to be a very successful way to declutter my home and I am more than pleased with the result so far. Taking my time and really feeling the journey embedded new principals into the way I approach “stuff ” in the first place. This meant that I haven’t recluttered my house as I went along and never will.
Although I have always been quite conscious about reusing, recycling, repairing, re-purposing and not being wasteful, I have now learned to be far more selective and thoughtful about purchasing anything in the first place. This is one of the most valuable lessons of all and it wasn’t nearly as difficult to adhere to as you might think. Even though I can be quite annoying when sharing my opinions on this subject, I found I have nevertheless had an influence on others who at first were reluctant to follow my lead. If being a little obnoxious has had a positive effect on the environment and peoples lives then I am quite happy to live with that label.
I have decluttered my home the fast way so many times but never before have I learned what I needed to learn to stay decluttered. Would I do it again? If I keep playing the game right I won’t have to but I sure am glad I did it this time.
So anyone out there who thinks the job of decluttering your home is too big and you just can’t go there, think again! Just one thing at a time is all it takes and eventually you will have a wonderful clutter free home. If the space that develops around you isn’t enough inspiration the liberation from always wanting more stuff and the peace that brings is something worth striving for. Add to that the free time not spent taking care of your stuff and money not wasted buying it should convince you that you are on a winner.
And to those of you who came looking for some inspiration and found me prattling on about myself and my stuff every day, thank you for listening. I hope I have helped inspire you to begin or continue on you own mission. I’ll be here again tomorrow with item 366 so see you then.
Item 365 of 365 less things
Although I would have liked to have my sports trophies as the 365th thing because they are one thing I would really like to see the back of (it’s a dusting thing). I just haven’t got around to photographing them and finding some way to dispose of them in an environmentally responsible way. So instead I have a selection of die cuts that I cut from scrap cardboard for my mother-in-law as part of her Christmas Gift.
5 Things I am grateful for today
- All the people/organisations who took my unwanted stuff off my hands.
- The feeling of cleanliness and space around me – this is especially noticed and appreciated when returning home after I having spent time elsewhere surrounded by clutter.
- All you wonderful readers who have listened to be for the last twelve months and forced me unwittingly to be true to my mission – It could have been easy to slip off the wagon without you to answer to each day.
- Having a family who is on board with the decluttering – Even though the kids could do with a lot less stuff they do humour me occasionally and declutter something to keep me off their backs (my daughter has a session each time she visits). My husband has been a declutter champion over the last 10 months (he wasn’t here for the first two).
- Having the idea to start this mission of 365lessthings – I am a very determined person and I pretty much new if I got started with this I would see it through but I had no idea how important it would become to me or how liberating.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.