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2012 in 2012 Update: May

 “…I think we head into the hard stuff now. The amount of things I can easily throw away is diminishing, as we’re at a point where lots of the easy-to-spot useless crap is gone. I haven’t been a hoarder for a long, long time, so I’m going to have to start making decisions – real decisions – about things soon.”

— Me. (2012 in 2012 Update – March)

Um, no. Turns out that’s not quite right.

Interestingly, the more I clean out, simplify and declutter, the easier it gets to say goodbye to things. Even things I had been holding on to for sentimental reasons. Silly reasons. Emotional reasons.

I started with my wardrobe.

Which led me to Isla’s bedroom. Which led me to the craft cabinet. Which led me to the huge shelving unit where I keep the packaging supplies, jewellery-making equipment and materials from my now-defunct jewellery label, Trove. Which led me to an enormous breakthrough.

I haven’t used this stuff in over two years. The very sight of it, the very thought of using it makes me feel physically sick. (I burnt out in a major, major way trying to run that business.) Yet, up until now, I couldn’t bear to throw it away. Because to do that would be a failure.

I would think of all the time, effort and money that went into the business, and I couldn’t throw it away.

I told myself it didn’t bother me. Having it in our spare room was OK, because it’s better to store it for god-knows-what-reasons than to wastefully chuck it in the bin.

But, do you know what? It really was bothering me. Because those things we hold on to, that are difficult to let go of, but that we really don’t want – those things are a weight on our shoulders.

So I bit the bullet. Recycled what I could, threw away the rest and said goodbye to the guilt. I just let it go. And walking back inside afterwards, I felt lighter. Freer. Stronger.

Here is what else we cleared out from our home over May:

Items Donated or Given Away:

  • my clothes x 33
  • bags x 4
  • drink bottles (unused) x 2
  • promotional backpack x 1
  • magazines x 8 (given to local coffee shop)
  • jewellery x 6
  • jewellery making supplies x 359

Items Thrown Away (Beyond Repair or Use):

  • my clothes x 11
  • broken toys/games missing pieces x 25
  • shoes x 4
  • accessories x 2
  • magazines/seed catalogues x 6
  • random, miscellaneous crap x 21
  • packaging from my old jewellery label, Trove x 251
  • jewellery-making supplies x 132

Total = 865

Add that to the 716 already gone and we’re at a total of 1581 pieces of clutter – gone. 67% folks!

I feel lighter with every box of crap I say goodbye to. Quite literally. I feel lighter and brighter and clearer. It’s an awesome feeling.

You can follow my 2012 in 2012 Declutter Challenge progress here, as I keep ridding our home and our lives of the crap that weighs us down.

Do you own things that you don’t even want? What would it take for you say goodbye to them for good?

2012 in 2012: March Update

You didn’t think I’d forgotten, did you?

I may have taken a break recently but the 2012 in 2012 Declutter Challenge is still going strong.

Here is what I have rid our home of since my previous update:

Items Donated or Given Away:

  • linen (blankets, towels etc) x 44
  • kids clothes x 163 That was a big one, folks!
  • my clothes x 12
  • accessories x 7
  • home decor x 14
  • baby items x 37
  • books x 6
  • magazines x 6

Items Thrown Away (Beyond Repair or Use):

  • odd socks x 11
  • miscellaneous crap x 9

Total = 309

 

Add that to the 407 items already gone, and we’re at a total of 716 items of clutter, eliminated. 36%.

But now, I think we head into the hard stuff. The amount of things I can reasonably throw away is diminishing, as we’re at a point where lots of the easy-to-spot useless crap is gone. I haven’t been a hoarder for a long, long time, so I’m going to have to start making decisions – real decisions – about things soon.

Do you have trouble letting go of certain things?

You can follow my progress for the 2012 in 2012 Challenge here. If you’re new to the challenge, you can learn more about it here:

2012 in 2012 Update: January

 

Mission: Declutter is still underway.

Mission: Keep Myself Accountable is resuming.

January was a big month for clearing, cleaning and culling. Certainly that has something to do with starting afresh? Clean slate and all that?

Sparky and I spent a few hours decluttering our wardrobes, and I took an hour to clean out the bathroom cabinet completely. (Rock’n’roll. That’s us.)

Here is what we’ve said goodbye to since our previous update:

Items Donated or Given Away:

  • kids clothes x 31
  • my clothes x 38
  • Sparky’s clothes x 11
  • accessories x 8
  • home decor x 5
  • shoes x 2
  • electrical items x 2

Items Thrown Away (Beyond Repair or Use):

  • my clothes x 32
  • perfumes x 2
  • shoes x 3
  • Sparky’s clothes x 11
  • misc. toiletries x 23
  • make-up samples x 7
  • enormous bag of coat hangers

Total = 176

Add that to the 231 items from the previous update and I’ve decluttered our home of 407 items in January. That’s just under 20%! Things are getting serious…

2012 in 2012 – January

Since the beginning of 2012, when I had my big idea to declutter our home of 2012 unnecessary items by the end of the year, I’ve thrown myself into the challenge with gusto. So far I’ve tackled the kids’ wardrobes, overstuffed with clothes that we’ve bought, been gifted, been donated and accumulated via osmosis. I’m also mid-way through our wardrobes and have a couple of posts coming up with some tips on the best way I’ve found to work through these clutter-zones.

Is this scintillating reading? Probably not.

But if you want to live a simpler, more mindful, more contented life, then I guarantee that decluttering your home is one major step towards getting there.

The major benefits that we’ve already discovered living with less (and we are but a fraction of the way there) are:

  • more time for ourselves – cleaning, tidying and dressing take less time, because there’s less to clean and less to choose from
  • a healthier perspective – I exercise (or at the very least stretch and do some sit-ups) every day now. This has come mostly from the feeling of mental well-being and boosted energy I’m getting by lightening the load that’s been burdening me. Each bag that goes to Vinnies is a physical and emotional weight off.
  • more gratitude – stuff does not equal happiness or love
  • more contentment – the combination of those above add up to a feeling of contentment – that we’re doing right by ourselves, giving ourselves room to breathe and dream

 

So I will keep on with the 2012 Challenge. If you’re wanting to declutter and start towards a simpler, slower life, then drop me a line in the comments or say hello on Facebook and we can do it together. And if 2012 seems like a mighty number, nominate a figure that you’re comfortable with. We have to start somewhere!

Running

I dream about running. Somewhere quiet and green and not too hot. I dream that I don’t get stitches. I dream that I find a rhythm. I dream that I enjoy it.

Simplifying our lives is giving us more time, energy and motivation to pursue things we dream about. Things like writing, going to the beach for the weekend, travelling and now, running.

Last night I went for my first (awake, non-dreaming) run in a long, long, long time. And you know what? It was quiet and green and not too hot. I escaped into and out of my head for half an hour. I breathed the fresh air. I decided I needed to buy a good sports bra.

My sister-in-law has convinced me that I should do the Sydney Half-Marathon with her. In five months.

Just so we’re on the same page here, a half-marathon is 21km.

 

That’s 21. Kilometres.

Sounds great. Except. I currently can’t run 5% of that distance without stopping.

However, being thoroughly modern, I thought, “Run a half-marathon? There’s an app for that.” And you know what? There kind of is!

It won’t run the half-marathon for you, but it does promise to get you from the couch to running 5km non-stop in eight weeks.

Once you can run 5km non-stop, then you’re in the position to start training for the half-marathon. So, baby steps. You know.

 

Meanwhile, the 2012 in 2012 challenge continues. Today I took over 200 pieces of clothing to St Vinnies. (That’s 10% yo!)

The difficulty will be once I’ve cleared the wardrobes and toys out. That’s when the hardcore declutter will have to kick in.

But still – 10%. Feels good. About as good as running!