2012 is coming to an end. With that in mind, I intend to use my new “Monday Musings” section to reflect on this past year. Generally, January is believed to be the time of year to make changes. In recent years, I have found that taking time for reflection and laying a solid foundation before the new year begins, makes my resolutions feel much more achievable.
A theme that has emerged in my life over the past couple months is the concept of creating space. This idea is both literal and metaphorical. These changes associated with the new year usually involve some form of decluttering.Making space in your life my apply to your physical surroundings such as your home, but it may not be quite that obvious. Decluttering may mean letting go of relationships that no longer serve you or changing jobs if you’re unhappy at your current position.
In September, I stumbled across Courtney Carver’s Project 333. Project 333 helps you to pair down your wardrobe to only 33 items. 33 pieces of clothing include:
- Clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear, and shoes.
- Underwear doesn’t count.
- Sleepwear, loungewear and workout clothing doesn’t count as long as they are only used for those purposes.
- Special jewelry that you wear everyday like your wedding ring doesn’t count.
Although I didn’t quite reach the magic number of 33,having significantly less clothing in my wardrobe has made my mornings easier.
Another challenge I have been intrigued by is the 100 thing challenge. The point of this is to live with just 100 things. While the idea of this minimalist lifestyle is intriguing, if I am being honest I am just not there yet. In a recent post Courtney Carver proposes a reverse 100 things challenge, which is to dump 100 things by December 15th. My husband and I decided to embark on this endeavor together and get rid of 200 things cumulatively. It’s not even the 15th of November and I am pleased to unveil our results in the above photo. Many of the items went to goodwill and some to friends and coworkers. We are already noticing the greater sense of spaciousness in our one bedroom apartment. Who knows…maybe we’ll find another 200 things before December 15th….
How will you let go of the old to make room for the new..?