I gave myself a Christmas present this year: I removed a lot of things from my room. I’m in the midst of removing more things from my office.
At first, I was just cleaning up. It took two trips to get all the paper to the recycling bin from the corner where I put my recycling box. A while ago, I said, “I’ll deal with that later” as it began to stack up past the top of the box. Sorting out the keeper mail from the ads and notices. Putting books back where they belong.
No room at the inn.
I quickly hit a snag. There wasn’t enough space in my room to put everything away! The clutter was more than disorderliness: it was excess. Like Joseph seeking a resting place for Mary, I spent Christmas eve trying to find a place to tuck away my stuff. Staring into a cabinet, I realized that it was tidy because I had not used many of the items since I moved into this room – and that was six years ago!
Putting in a few hours a day for three days made a dent – the room is much more tidy. I remembered the basic ideas in Voluntary Simplicity, and recognized that I was suffering from Affluenza. A quick look at the internet revealed that I am not along in my struggle; there are plenty of decluttering bloggers (I am somewhat skeptical of a simple living site that offers to sell you several books as a first step…)
52 Fewer Things
The blog 365 Less Things intrigued me, not only because the incorrect use of “less.” The author reported daily on her effort to dispose of one item a day for the last year. She photographed and described many of the items, and reflected on why she held on to them for so long. She offers tips on getting rid of the stuff, methods for recognizing that something might be disposable, reflections on the reasons so much accumulated. I was especially taken with her self-management; keeping the project going for a full year was certainly not easy.
Not having a whole house to deal with, nor the time for a daily posting, I’ve decided to try my own year long project of decluttering and simplifying. Having to stop decluttering to get my grading finished, I’ll look for opportunities to dispose of something by the end of the week – and share the process with you over the coming year.
- How voluntary is your interest in voluntary simplicity? (timesunion.com)
- How to Simplify Your Life in 10 Steps (workawesome.com)
- 3 Quick Tips on Decluttering – How to Declutter Your Room in 15 Minutes! (stacksandstacks.com)
- ‘Tis the Season for Decluttering: Why and How To Do It (wisebread.com)