I received a comment from Michelle yesterday in response to the day’s mini mission ~Â Declutter a sentimental item that doesnâ€™t bring much in the way of happy memories.Â Michelle took on this challenge and then some. the conclusion she came to during this task was very insightful. So much so that I wanted to share it with you all. Here is what she had to say…
Michelle ~ “I guess this would go for both Monday and Saturday. I have mentioned before that I collect (maybe USED to collect??) vintage brooches. I have somewhere along the lines of 75-90 regular ones and then about 45 Christmas brooches. Yesterday I pulled out all of them and emotionally distanced myself from them. I quickly handled each one and the questions were, do I like this? Do I wear this? 5 were gifts from gal friends and 8 were gifts from my mom. Only 1 had I bought. Of the Christmas pins, 8 of them I decided need to go. Thatâ€™s 22 pins. Good grief. I also tossed in two vintage necklaces.
What I got from this exercise is that if we put away the emotions, the decision becomes so much easier. There was a really neat result from this: Now when I look in my jewelry box, I love everything I see. I donâ€™t get frustrated pawing through the junk to get to the good. Itâ€™s all good. And quicker to get ready. This could be true for the closet too. If you love everything in there, then the frustration goes away.
Itâ€™s really neat the way that with less things and having only things you love around you, a feeling of contentment grows. I probably wonâ€™t add to the pin collection. I have plenty.Â “
It never ceases to amaze me how many ways there are of saying the same thing and Michelle achieved that with her comment ~ “…if we put away the emotions, the decision becomes so much easier.”Â and it is so true. Focus on the desire to minimise your possessions and don’t allow emotions of silly sentiment, obligation and aspiration get in your way and you will soon find that there are many things you are keeping that you have no love or need for. Let these things go and you will find space opening up all around your home.
Michelle followed her comment up with more detail. You can read it here.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something left in your home by someone else.
Eco Tip for the Day
Cooking oats for breakfast soak them in water overnight. This will cut down on the cooking time thus saving power.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow