Well, actually, I’m a long way away from it, though hopefully getting closer through the Thirty Day Challenge.
Today I wanted to mention that I’ve begun the process of decluttering my life – which Tim does suggest in the book. Here’s what I’ve done:
1.) I went through all my papers that have built up over the years. This includes multiple stacks of printouts, articles I cut out of the paper, etc. Got rid of quite a few bags full. Most of it was stuff that seemed important at the time, but years later, it isn’t.
2.) I collected all the magazines I had, loaded most of them into bags, and dropped them off for my church’s magazine table. They sell the used ones for a quarter apiece. I made sure to cut the labels off! For new ones, I evaluated my subscriptions and let them lapse if I didn’t really read them anymore. I carefully think about buying new ones, and try just to tear out the articles I want if I do.
3.) Went through all my clothes and got rid of a bunch that I never wear, or that don’t fit. I’ve put on some muscle so even if I get back down to fighting weight they won’t fit anymore. Seven bags to Goodwill or the Veterans.
4.) Books. This is the hardest. First, deciding which ones I know I’ll never read or read again, and then finding a way to get rid of them. I can:
a) Give them to the library
c) Sell them to a used bookstore
And I’m using all three methods.
This will all help when we move as well, since there will be less to pack. I just keep remembering:
“The more you own, the more it owns you!”