Three months ago Saturday, my husband and I made a pact: every day for a year, we would each get rid of one thing.
It didn’t take long for me to catch decluttering fever. I changed the rules: at least one thing a day, more if they were related (like a bunch of CDs, or books, or picture frames).
Saturday marked the one-quarter point. We should have gotten rid of at least 182 things, according to our original plan.
The actual number? 599 things. And that isn’t including makeup, cookie cutters, and loose CDs, which I could not accurately count from the photographs. It also doesn’t include all the stuff I didn’t officially get rid of but just tossed: bins full of papers from high school, childhood memorabilia from my parents’ house, and the like.
That’s more than triple the goal!
A Visual Aid
What do 599 things look like, all together? I wish I could show you. Lots of kitchen stuff got donated to a friend of a friend, and some other things got given away or tossed prior to these photos. But here’s what we’ve sold or donated to charity so far:
Looking Back and Looking Forward
It’s so empowering to look back and see that these tiny daily actions added up to such a big change. Each day, it didn’t take much thought or effort at all to stick one thing in the “donate” bag. But over time, that repeated act has made a huge difference.
Do we still have a long way to go? Oh yes. Even though my office looks great and we no longer have anything in external storage facilities, there is still plenty to get rid of.
But having seen the power of just three months, I can only imagine what nine more will do.
Frankly, I’m excited!
What’s Your Take?
What small thing could you do every day to build up some powerful momentum in an area of your life that needs it?