Its so easy to get caught up in wanting the latest iPhone or newest car or best outfit, but at the end of the day all that does is fuel the fire for wanting more stuff and leave us unsatisfied. Why? Why do we always think more is better? As I get older, I find myself not wanting to be tied down with excess stuff. I just got back from a trip to San Francisco where I was able to climb on top of some cliffs overlooking the ocean. I was able to drive along the coast with the breeze in my hair and the smell of salt in the air. I was able to stand on top of the highest point in the city and take it all in. That’s the kind of “more” I want in my life. I want more experiences, more adventures, more travel, more connecting, more memories. Those are the things that I believe will add more value to my life, not having more stuff. This is where a 30 day challenge comes into play. (see below)
There have been several instances in the past year where I have begun to clean out the excess stuff in my life. It was around this time last year that I started going through every room in my house to determine which items I was going to be keeping and which would be tossed/donated before my upcoming move across the country. I was able to fill up an entire SUV full of items to donate. I felt really good about getting rid of excess clutter that was around the house. It was as if a weight I didn’t know I even had was lifted off my shoulders. Flash forward to June…this is when I was really having to figure out what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Between selling all my furniture, making countless more trips to drop off donations, and sorting through everything I owned (again), I was able to narrow down all of my possessions to what I considered a minimal amount. I believe I filled my car up twice and my parent’s SUV once and that was it. I brought only about 2/3 of that stuff with me to Las Vegas.
I’ve been living out here for the past 5-6 months and I feel like I have more stuff than I did prior to the move. How is this possible? (I don’t think its technically true, it just feels that way). I’m not a big shopping person, so how did this happen? As I look through drawers and boxes, I’m realizing that maybe I didn’t do as thorough of a job as I thought before. Did I really need to bring out 42 magnets? No! I don’t like a bunch of stuff stuck to my fridge in the first place, so why do I need a bunch of magnets that I won’t use. That is just one example, but it just goes to show that there is a lot of stuff I’m keeping for no reason.
I stumbled upon a blog post recently that involved going through your kitchen for 30 days and getting rid of unnecessary items. The idea is to get rid of 1 item the first day, 2 items the second day, 3 items the third day, etc until you are getting rid of 30 items on day thirty. If I did the math right, that’s 465 items in a month! My kitchen is not very big, so I am going to extend this challenge to my entire apartment. Some days I might choose to get rid of (donate) clothing items or decorative pieces, while others days it might be as simple as recycling some empty boxes that have been laying around for no reason. I am looking forward to letting go of so much unnecessary stuff over the next 30 days and filling that “space” with moments and memories instead!
Check back in a month to see what happens!