About a year ago, one of the first projects my current therapist gave me was to declutter 15 minutes a week. The commitment was to literally remove the baggage and create space for the home I wanted to live and enjoy. It grounded me back to my home a place that for so many years I avoided out of fear of falling back into old habits.
Accumulation of Crap
I lived in my very big apartment for 5 years. I am lucky to have a walking closet, linen closet and an Ikea closet in my bedroom. I know, I have the gift of plenty of space in my NYC area apartment which I made sure to fill it with stuff. Dare i say crap?
How did I get here?
After much reflection it seems that my habit of restriction from the things that I wanted and desire was counteract with the accumulation of stuff. Crazy thinking?! To believe that if I have tons of stuff will fill my desire for Louis Vuitton bag or living the kind of life I craved to live?
Yet there must be something I got out from all of the clutter otherwise why would I stuck around with it. For me it meant comfort. It meant having a visual representation on how messy my internal life felt on the outside. The stuff attempted just like the food, to fill a physical void that was HUGE yet couldn’t be satisfied without love.
This where I am today,being in a healthier space in my life. I am living my dream life that is stable, loving, nourishing, healthy and drama-free. It is calm and peaceful. Most importantly, I now have the energy to tackle the last bit of debris leftover from the external mess to really create an aligned reflection from my insides to my outsides.
De-cluttering Project Challenge (On going – Monthly)
I believe that just like any other basic self-care practice, a regular practice of decluttering should be incorporated at least as a monthly activity. Yes decluttering/ i.e. removing the things that not longer serves us nor we need is just as important as meditation and exercise. Think of decluttering as a physical action that you can take where you can witness tangible results within an hour.
TASK: Choose to remove 25-50 things are no longer serving you per month
Time: 1/2 an hour per week + Donation Drop Off
When to do it? My suggestion is to do it the same day as either trash day or recycle pick up. But that’s my preference because I don’t want to see the things after I got rid of them.
How to get it done without feeling overwhelmed? Choose one drawer/area at a time.
Here are a couple of examples:
- Tops in the closet
- Your food pantry *No worries I will make a separate post about this
Don’t spend too much dwelling on it on whether to keep it or toss it. If its not an ABSOLUTE HELL YES then its a toss. Try not to hold on to your skinny girl days or fat days. Easy toss are items that have stains, holes or look like a hot mess.
I got rid of about 30 something things… I may tackle another drawer this weekend so I shall keep you updated in the progress via my FB page on the real total for August 2013.
I have a thing for candles! I have them everywhere there are some that I love, while others I held on because they were gifts. Oh yeah, somehow I feel bad about decluttering gifts but you know what if its no longer in alignment it needs to be toss (donation, garbage or recycle).
i focused my attention in the second drawer. It is where i still keep old t-shits and pi’s. I will be honest the drawer looks like a hot mess. It was nice to remove about 80% of the stuff and drop it off in the donation pile.