The past few weeks of holidays have inspired me. They’ve made me reconsider what’s truly important. Forced me to look at the hard truths and helped me realise that we are in control of our lives.
If we are unhappy, we have the power to change that.
We may not like what that means. We may not want to take the necessary steps to get there. We may be afraid. But we are still in control. And if we’re unwilling to stretch ourselves, to go out on a limb, to take risks – then do we really want that change so much?
In light of this, I’ve set myself a challenge. And I hope you’ll join me.
This year, I will rid myself, our kids and our home of 2012 things. 2012 items that are unnecessary, that are weighing us down, that make us feel bad.
2012 items that we don’t use, don’t want or don’t need.
On the face of it, it seems a fairly simple challenge. But for me, there’s no point in handing out success if it’s easily attainable. So…
- Items I regularly throw away (general household rubbish/recyclables) don’t count towards the total.
- A single piece of paper doesn’t count. A folder of papers does – but only as one item.
- New things (clothes, toys, books etc) mean one similar item needs to go. These items don’t count.
- Photos will be taken of most things – to keep me honest.
2012 items over the year works out at 5.6 unwanted, unneeded, unused items per day. Which sounds like more of a challenge.
So who’s with me? Anyone care to start 2012 with a pledge to cull the unnecessary stuff?