Either the universe is trying to send me a message, or it’s that time of year because I keep coming across articles about decluttering and embracing a minimalist lifestyle to varying degrees. I have been interested in decluttering and simplifying my life for years now, and I’ve been successful only to a small degree.
When the Marie Kondo craze started, I joined the trend and tacked my closet. I remember throwing every article of clothing I owned into a pile, and boy, did I regret doing that. It was an enormous pile! I ended up donating about half my clothes, and I still have way too much! Especially now that I’ve been using my clothes far less due to the work from home situation, there are so many things I should be getting rid of. I wish I had the courage to get rid of it all and adopt the minimalist wardrobe of someone like Steve Jobs. Imagine the freedom of not having to decide what you’re going to wear.
I also bought an organizing book that was meant to split up tasks for an entire year. My sister coincidentally bought the same book, and it has become a running joke because we always start reading it at the beginning of the year and then forget about it. Neither of us has made it past January. I just texted her now to see if she’s started it again.
One of the articles I was reading this past week suggested throwing one thing out each day for 30 days. It’s meant to be a sort of experiment or baby-step to get you comfortable with the idea of letting things go. I may give this one a try since I definitely need practice with this. I have drawers full-on things I never open, but when I try cleaning them out, I almost invariably end up putting most of the objects back in there because I think I may need them sometime in the future.
I’ll report back tomorrow on my progress.