It seems rather fitting that my first post for this blog would be something that would clear a bunch of space in preparation for something new…
For the last 4 years, I’ve had an annual “Let’s See How Much Crap I Can Throw Away” Party with myself. The first year was killer! I had just finished school and left a job that was, let’s just say, “soul robbing.” This left me with a lot of books, projects, clothes, and stuff that I was really never going to use again.
How much stuff? 19 Garbage Bags full!!
OK, so, yes, several were clothes I gave to charity, a couple were books brought to the library; but a lot was just random stuff crammed under the bed, in the back of the closets and shoved into every conceivable place in the house!
Here was the rule with each item: If I didn’t use it in the last year, I thought about it… hard. If I hadn’t used it in the last 2 years, it was tossed. That easy. It didn’t matter how much it cost or if I thought that maybe I’d wear it on that imaginary trip to Miami that I was planning to take soon. Peace, baby- and in the bag it went. I have to say, after that week of getting rid of all that, I felt like I had physically lost weight! So, I celebrated with enchiladas from the Mexican place on the corner.
My point: if this sounds familiar, try it. You probably don’t need that thing staring you from the shelf, or those other 10 pairs of jeans that you don’t wear, but say you will. The feeling of purging unnecessary stuff from your home is worth more than whatever you paid for that stuff. Just think of what you spent as the cost for the fantastic feeling when you exhale after you are done cleaning house.
It’ll be worth it.