1-64 – So last Thursday night, in a totally out-of-character move for myself, I got a burst of energy and started clearing stuff out. I cleared out books that I had already read or knew I would never read. I took my bedside table from being a dusty, overly junked mess to being clean, organized, and at least only mildly overly junked (There still are a lot of books I want to read but haven’t gotten to.) And I cleared off a whole big surface in our bedroom.
IT FELT GREAT!! It was a lot of work, but soooo worth it. With each thing I sorted, I felt lighter. But it wasn’t as easy as I thought – other than losing weight, the thing I want for myself more than anything is to have a decluttered life – but that means making hard decisions about what I really need and want. Sometimes I feel like I am losing a bit of my sentimentality/softness as I purge things. I just need to keep reminding myself that they are just *things*.
On Sunday DH and I took 64 books (yes, 64, and that is just a drop in the bucket – I have a *LOT* of books) to a used bookstore and got a pittance compared to the number of books I brought in, but it was enough for a nice lunch.
65-66 – Returned a book and a DVD that we had been borrowing from a friend waaaaay tooo long.
67 – Used a bottle of perfume – I have lots and lots of bottles of perfume because I love it so much. But I want to get down to 3 – maybe 1 if I can decide on a favorite scent. Ok, not one – maybe 2? I really love perfume but I don’t like a big grouping of bottles that I never use while accumulating more. That is just bad.
Because of the success of this first week, I have decided to double my goal to get rid of 1000 things, rather than 500. If not a lucrative endeavor, I think I will feel richer when it all is done. More space, less crud to look at and dust. Truly awesome. Truly.