One of the greatest side effects of writing this blog is that I hold myself accountable. I have decided to set a mini-goal for the month of December: dispose of 100 items in 31 days.
First, I should make it clear that I am not a packrat. Most visitors to my house either compliment how simple I am or express concern over its sparseness. I don't even have furniture in my living room, for crying out loud!
Call me anorexic, but I can lose more clutter. And I will.
Here are my rules:
- In December I will reduce my personal possessions by 100. If I bring something new into the house, I have to eliminate an additional item above and beyond my goal of 100 things.
- Regularly consumed items do not count. I can't eat my way out of 100 canned goods or scrub myself out of 100 bars of soap.
- Similar items may be bundled. For example, if I throw away 4 dishes, I will count that as one item, not 4. I'll be a bit flexible on this rule.
- Items can be sold, trashed, donated or otherwise given away. In other words, as long as the item no longer belongs to me, it counts as disposed of.