This past Monday I started a challenge which included getting rid of at least 10 items per day from the living space of my choice. I chose the back bedroom that I call the Treetops Room (since that’s what you can see when lying in bed) where I am temporarily bunked during the renovation.
I couldn’t even walk around the end of the bed because of the clutter.
This is the same angle as the photo above with catalogs gone, furniture moved and floor vacuumed.
Day One was effortless. It didn’t make a dent in the overall mess but it was a psychological beginning.
Day #1 — I had to grit my teeth and just throw these catalogs away.
Day 2 was more of the same.
In addition 2 a pile of catalogs I also let 2 pairs of broken glasses go.
Day 3 I branched out to things in other rooms and just plain crazy stuff that should never have been in a bedroom in the first place.
I gave away a bottle of gourmet maple syrup, hung my raincoat in the coat closet, put the CD case with the others, and threw away old rollers, paint pans, and shampoo bottle. The blue glass bottle is now in the fridge cooling some filtered water.
Day 4 I pulled out ridiculous non-bedroom items from the corners of the room.
One flip-flop, 2 paint sticks, a parking sign, a piece of trim, two hand-knit scarves with mouse holes, and a MOUSE TRAP.
Day 5 I realized I had actually been saving a lovely bag of trash among other useless items. And I found a box of money. Even though it was a box of mostly pennies I can almost guarantee when one cleans up some money will also appear.
A bag of trash, a cookbook, a small game, a heart-shaped shelf, an airplane blanket, and a small blue box full of money.
This box of handy but diverse items was sorted and reassigned to the tool area.
Over the week I easily got rid of sixty items: some were thrown away, others given away, and finally the last bit were put away in the proper place (E.g, cookbook with the cookbooks in the kitchen). I met my goal in this respect but the room still has lots of clothes hung on every conceivable spot until our new master closet is finished.
I’m working on more appropriate artwork and the dressing table still needs some attention but a lot has been accomplished in ten minute spurts this week.
I had removed enough clutter to actually rearrange the furniture a little bit.
Do I feel like I accomplished something? Yes indeed.
Should I continue this pattern for 52 more weeks? Yes, I should.
Will I continue the 10 items per day purge? I’ll try.
How do you form a good habit?