It has been a very interesting period. First 10 days mean getting rid of 55 items which I have managed to do (yuppie). In fact the actual number is more than this as the items have included more than 50 pens / pencils or journals which I counted as 2 items.
The first 10 days have been easy as most of the stuff I got rid was actually clutter and had no value to me e.g. Old stuff (not used for more than 4 yrs) or junk etc. Not only I am reducing my visible clutter (items which can been seen in the room), I have found lots of items hidden away in cupboards (invisible clutter)
I have come across other people who have already achieved this or on a similar journey. It is fantastic to get ideas from them.
A LEARNING PROCESS
Though the main aim for starting the game was to declutter as I embarked on journal towards minimalism, I am also learning a few things about me
- I am essentially a lazy person. Instead of throwing away or recycling some items straight away as they come to my flat, I keep them and the they become invisible. I need to be more orgainsed and get rid of things on a regular basis
- I work better when I have motivation. A number of things are inspiring me on this journey. My intention to achieve simplicity / contentment. I am sharing my progress in this game on Twitter @ach_contentment and Instagram @achievingcontentment. The support from others is extremely motivational
- Paper , paper & paper. Paper is the biggest clutter for me. My communal recycle bin is 75% full of my paper. A lot of shredding over the last 10 days and there is a lot more to do. I am now taking steps to be paperless including scaning the paper work I need to keep and switching to all online correspondence where possible
- The next 10 days will be interesting as I have to get rid of 155 items and most of these will be the ones with which I have some attachment
- I will continue to get rid of paper which is going to be a big job
- And I will be enjoying the calm and the clean space
I was reading online about productivity, happiness, contentment and financial independence and I came across the minimalists -I was hooked straight away.
The concept of minimalism is universal. It is not about getting rid of stuff but making space for a rich / positive / happy life.
I grew up in a household where we did not throw away anything. Though we were never serious hoarders, we kept things which did not add any value to my life.
Even now I continue to keep things out of habit. Exploring theminimalists website made me reflect and I decided to embark on the 3o-day minimalism game – an interesting game where one throws away one item on day 1, two items on day 2 and so on
@theminimalists suggest to play this game with another person. I am doing it alone and will be posting my progress on @ach_contentment twitter and @achievingcontentment Instagram
I am doing this challenge because
- I want to reduce stress in my life as the clutter = stress/ chaos (sometimes it takes along time to look for things)
- I want to have time / space for experiences to add value in my life
- I am soon moving into a house share before moving to another city to live with my OH. Perfect incentive for me to reduce my material possessions to make this process simple / hassle free
My first item is the bottle feeder from my childhood which my mum handed over to me recently. It was of no emotional value to me (probably I am very harsh) but it life me it was only causing clutter