De-cluttering Challenge! Day 1

I’ve been reading Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Home and feeling a little guilty about all the packaged waste I create. Meat? Wrapped in plastic. Cereal? In a box. Bea’s been able to get her family’s annual trash production to one quart per year! That’s about as much as I produce in a minute.

So while I’m not yet prepared to go foraging for Spanish moss in lieu of toilet paper and the electric deer from Christmas is still going strong on my balcony, I am on a mission to de-clutter and simplify my life (she said as she ordered yet another compulsive item from Anthropologie). I got this idea from my good friend Danielle at Cozycakes Cottage who has a bazillion followers so she must be doing something right: she is participating in a month-long de-cluttering challenge from another blogger.

Now, I happen to be a person who develops emotional attachments to pens (they have souls), so I’m cutting myself some slack: I’m going to do a half-month challenge, and invite you to do the same. For 15 days, you get rid of 7 things per day by recycling, selling, giving it away, or, as a last resort, disposing of it.

I’ve begun.

It’s addictive.

And I’m realizing what a gluttonous lifestyle I lead, in a home full of things that could be enjoyed by someone else.

So here we go:

Day 1: I gave away 10 items of clothing — 6 tops, 3 skirts and a dress to my cousin Renee and her daughter Amy. All gently used, cute items that I never wear that look completely adorbs on them.

Are you in? Let me know what you’re giving away today!

 

 

7 Comments

  • Helen
    May 15, 2013 - 3:29 PM | Permalink

    Yes, I’m in. Have given 4 books to school, bag of clothes to charity and 2 kids games to a friend. I’m guessing I can’t give anything away to you then!

    • May 15, 2013 - 3:58 PM | Permalink

      Hooray!!! Good for you. I am embarrassed to say that I was able to find 27 books to give to the school used book fair and now have to ensure my own kids don’t buy those back! And no, you can’t give anything to me :)!

  • May 15, 2013 - 3:37 PM | Permalink

    Wheeee! I love that you’re doing this, too! Sadly, much of my “rid of” ends up being magazines. HOW did I get so many? WHY did I get so many? And why can’t I part with them without tearing half the pages out first? In any case, you give me inspiration to keep going now that I know you’re doing it, too! Perhaps when we are alllllll decluttered by month’s end we will be able to see clearly and cake pop. Like how I mention cake pops every dang time I talk to ya? xxx

    • May 15, 2013 - 3:56 PM | Permalink

      LOL, I love magazines too — now I take photos of the pages I want to keep with an app and store them all online…this will work until I crash the internet! And of course — we are cake pop sisters!!!

  • May 16, 2013 - 10:00 AM | Permalink

    This is such a good idea! I am at the office right now (shhh..), but when I get home I KNOW I could find some things to get rid of. I always feel so good when I do. I’m in! :) Good job, you! Our small apartment helps keep us honest because we just don’t have room for a lot of stuff, but I could always clear out more. xo!

    • May 16, 2013 - 8:51 PM | Permalink

      Homes are like purses — I always find a way to fill them up no matter what the size! It does feel like a weight’s lifted once you give stuff away…I’m addicted now! And also a little horrified about how much I can find. I’m jealous of your kept-honest apartment! :)

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