It’s February and we are starting off our #simplifyfeb, but what does that really mean? What did I sign up for?
I am hoping to be reminded that the most important things in life are not things at all! Why are you simplifying?
But now, how do we get started? What if we don’t have time to overhaul a whole room? What do I do with the item I remove each day?
All good questions and all have a few answers! So let’s tackle them (yes, pun intended as we prep for Super Bowl around here 🙂 )
Start small is always a good policy to stick with something! How about taking on something little today and feel some sense of accomplishment? Or tackle something big and get really jazzed for the rest of the month! (see, multiple right answers!) Each day take on only a project that you can finish! Some days you will have to find 5 minutes, others you may have 3 hours, pick accordingly!
I’m not sure I would suggest ever taking on a whole room at a time. What about the bookshelves in the living room? Or the linen closet? The junk drawer? You know you have one 😉 Smaller jobs can be found in many places. Do you have a utensil jar/bucket/container on your counter by the stove? Sort through that! Only keep the tools you use each week, and rid yourself of the ones you have duplicates of or use once a year!
Now, what to do with the items you realize aren’t providing you use, memories, or joy? If you have something of value, consider selling (but keep it outside the house in the garage or basement) it! Just because you no longer are using it doesn’t mean you can’t use it to make you a buck 🙂 Ebay, craig’s list, a Facebook group are great places to list your item. Make sure you add images, dimensions, and a price! Another option for items eliminated would be to donate! In my neck of the woods, we take all clothing items to EcoSmith Recyclers! Find a local one to you and do good for others while doing good for your sanity 🙂 Now, the reality is, you will find somethings on this journey, that you MUST just throw out!! Be honest and ditch it.