Dying to lighten my load after the holiday season, and inspired by one of my New Year’s resolution quotes above, I decided it was time for a de-cluttering. Even though my apartment is neat, I just hate having things stagnating-sitting around not being used. De-cluttering is constant for me, but this time I felt like doing a bigger clean out. I remembered seeing Jess of Makeunder My Life do a Get Rid of 50 Things Challenge, and I decided to give some structure to my de-cluttering by following her lead! If you haven’t checked out Jess’s blog, you definitely should. Her messages of “living life with intention” and “making under” are really inspiring! She has tons of good thoughts on de-cluttering, cutting down on stuff, organizing, and more. She’s also an entreprenuer who sells gorgeous jewelry, stationery, and accessories in her online shop, Jess LC. Speaking of which, here is one item I’m most definitely NOT getting rid of (ever!):
My Jess LC chevron necklace. Told you her stuff is cute!
Here’s my “exfoliation,” as Jess phrases it:
I think I hit about 50 things. It’s sort of hard to get rid of all of these things, but I just go through these questions in my head-do I LOVE it? Is it serving a purpose/being used? Or have I actually not even touched it for who knows how long? My apartment is simply not big enough to store a lot of stuff I don’t need, so editing has to be constant for me. I might even make some version of this into a weekly routine-Jess suggests getting rid of one thing a week. Out with the old, in with the new! And in with the breathing room. Now I feel a step closer to this:
I also pulled out a lot of clothes and placed them into a “maybe” pile. I put clothes that I’m thinking of getting rid of into a corner and tell myself I don’t have to decide whether to keep or donate them right this second, but within the next week or two. When you have them divided off into a pile for a week and realize how much you DON’T miss having them in your closet, it makes it that much easier to know that you can live without them! It’s basically a stepping stone to getting unused items out the door, and it helps to ease the decision making process.