My lovely brother suggested a challenge for the month of February. He got it from here at The Minimalists. On the first day you get rid of one item, second day it’s two items and so on till the end of the month. Once you hit the days in the 20’s it starts getting a bit frantic as you hunt for more and more things that you don’t need anymore. You can sell, donate or just bin the items. Whatever works to get rid of it. Mostly I donate things. We send each other a text message every day to say what we have released from our clutches. He knew I’d be into it because I just love those hoarder shows. Must be because I know how easy it would be for me to become a serious hoarder. I’ve been working hard on developing a serious lack of attachment to things. I don’t want my little house to start looking like this!
Now it’s more than halfway through the month and I’m still going strong with this challenge. I’m surprised because I had already managed to find new homes for an awful lot of things when we moved here. Who knew I still had so much more stashed away. Some things are going in the bin – socks with holes, underwear that’s lost it’s mojo. Some things are being donated to charities – clothing that still has it’s mojo, kitchen items, cookbooks. Some things are being sold at a friend’s recycled and preloved shop – very decent clothing, trinkets and household items. We have a deal to split the money from those things and if they don’t sell, they’ll go to a charity.
Don’t get me wrong. I like nice clothes and pretty things. I’ve just come to realise that I don’t need so many of them and that almost everything is replaceable. Like, do I really need 7 lovely maxi dresses when I live in a cabin in the bush in southern Tasmania? Sure I’ll take one or two when I go away somewhere warm on holidays. But it seems I always choose the same ones to take. Perhaps someone else will love to have the other 5 more than I do now. That thought makes it easier to let them go. Living in a small house means there’s not a lot of storage space anyway. My hanging wardrobe is a long stick that hangs on string through holes drilled in the beams in the ceiling. Not very high tech but it sure works! My man made it for me and it is honestly all I need. I like clothes with pretty fabrics so it’s kinda nice to have them on display in the bedroom.
I’m also planning something super special for the last day of the month. A perfect way to use up some of my fabric stash!
This is an incredibly liberating experience and I’d encourage you to try it.