The Problem of Having Too Much

I searched through my closet, 10 draws and my amoir and still couldn’t find anything to wear to work…that, is a problem. The truth is, it’s not that I couldn’t find anything to wear, the issue is I have too much to choose from. As I go through this process of minimising my apartment, I’ve realized the my “need” to have stuff basically took over my life the last couple of years. I look at my closet and think “Do I seriously need 30 pairs of jeans?” Half of the things I don’t even wear, much less see on a regular basis. Think about all the stuff that’s in the back of the closet or in draws that never seem to get opened. But yet, I can’t find anything to wear…I’m not serious about life right now.

I don’t know if I’m more angry with myself for letting it get this far or for not recognizing it sooner and taking action. I admit that I lead a pretty busy life but at some point I have to stop and look around, never again will this happen…

Learning to live in the moment…

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Minimalist Challenge

I’m so excited to start this challenge, I’m a big fan of the blog The Minimalist over at http://www.theminimalists.com/game/ !

The latest challenge is for the month of October we get rid of items corresponding with the number of the date. For example, for today October 1, we get rid of 1 item, October 2nd, 2 items and so on and so forth. Check out the lin above for more info on this “game”. You can sell, toss or donate these items, they just have to be gone by midnight on that day.

I’m so happy to be doing this, it’s really going to get me back on track with clearing out my apartment since I’ve been slacking lately.

Wish me luck!

Learning to live in the moment,
Shar

Journey To Minimalism: Room 2

250 pieces later…and I’m still going.

I’m still in the process of decluttering, I’ve been so busy this week it’s taking me longer than expected. I try to a little bit everyday to at least make sure that I’m getting something done towards the end goal…slow and steady wins the race!

Back to this 250…I’m totally amazed and a little embarrassed that we actually had that many pieces of clothes lying around that we just weren’t wearing. As I’m going through some of this stuff, I get a little depressed knowing that 1) I’ve wasted so much money on stuff that we didn’t actually need and 2) that we’ve been holding on to this stuff when so many other people are in need. Going forward I will definitely be thinking long and hard before I buy anything. More to come…

Learning to live in the moment,
Shar

Journey To Minimalism: Room 1

This process is harder than I thought it would be.

I started out in my son’s room, naturally he has a lot of “stuff” to go through, I noticed that he’s more open to giving things away though, that’s a definite bonus. I really couldn’t handle a kid running behind me putting everything back. We were able to get about three big bags of clothes out of his room, we’re not quite done yet. We still have to go through his book shelf and his closet once more. I also managed to clear out my linen closet and filled another big bag of stuff. We’ll be going to the Salvation Army later today to drop off what we have so far…then back at it. The goal is to have the entire apartment done by Friday. It’s going to take some work but I know we can do it.

Learning to live in the moment,
Shar

Journey To Minimalism

I’m starting to feel suffocated by my apartment…I don’t like it. As I look around the things that I have are nice to have, but not necessary. Like many people I’ve spent a good portion of my life collecting things, these things often hold sentimental values or special memories, especially if you have children. I’ve realized that as much as I love these things, they don’t add value to my life, and to be honest, I’m holding on to something that I don’t need or use…something that someone else may be in need of. I’m not a hoarder in any way, I simply have too much stuff.

I have so much clothes I’m embarrassed, clothes that have been sitting in draws for months and years that I will likely never wear again, clothes that can no longer fit my son but I don’t want let go of.

I’m on a mission to minimize and declutter my apartment, my goal is to bless as many people as possible with what I have, things that I don’t want or need. The other goal is to stop buying things that bring no value to my life. It’s so easy to replace one thing with something else once space becomes available. The plan is to get rid of it and not replace it.

My decluttering will start today, I will work my way through every room in my apartment, sell what I can, post to Freecycle or haul it off to Salvation Army. I’m really excited about this journey and look forward to the outcome.

Learning to live in the moment,
Shar