One of my goals for this year is to get rid of 365 things, one for each day of the year. I do this because I have a pile of, literally, over 100 books and a ton of other things sitting in my bedroom, waiting to be sold. Not only that, I’ve often felt I have too much stuff. It’s not all junk or me being a hoarder either. However, I do have too much stuff and stuff is stuff, so some things must go (sorry for all the stuff uses in that sentence). Ideally, I’ll be getting rid of a lot of stuff through sales (which have gone fairly well this month) and other things will be recycled or given away.
This morning I got rid of 31 things by taking a bag to goodwill. The bag was full of things like books I couldn’t sell to the used bookstore, old CD’s not worth the hassle of selling and older clothes. It was a huge relief! Now I’m anxious to get a couple more things together to sell and get rid of in the near future. I’m also on the fence about making a list of things I do buy and saying that I have to get rid of an extra thing to make up for it. It’d be a fun rule to have and keep me on track. So far, my rules for this goal are;
- Things that count: books, movies, clothes, knick knacks
- Things that don’t count: things that will be used up, things that get recycled (i.e. boxes)
- Items thrown away do NOT count
- I will go through one room a month and de-clutter everything that I have in it starting in February. I plan on tackling my bedroom first
- Items with important sentimental value stay as well as things I want or use stay. Things like a newspaper article from college don’t.
- Organize after de-cluttering
Hopefully this goal does well and I get rid of a lot of ‘stuff’. I feel that too much stuff clouds the soul and makes one too materialistic. I don’t think I’ll ever be a pure minimalist, but I do recognize my stuff as stuff and I don’t really affix an emotional value on many things except gifts or handmade items.
Do you ever try to minimize your possessions by donations or sales?