Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.
Challenge # 18: Age is just a number
How old are you? Get rid of that many items today.
How’d it go:
I needed a quick and easy ploy to get rid of a few things this week, and this challenge fit the bill. Finding 42 items to discard seemed daunting at first, but I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it wasn’t. AT ALL. There is still too much clutter in my home!
I started with an empty box and walked around the house. Finding one item led to the next and to the next and so on. I counted out loud each time I found something and either put it in the box or took it straight out to my car. I got rid of kitchen stuff I didn’t use, rusted cast iron that I am never going to refurbish, old packaged diet food (which went in the compost bin), outdated curtains and a bent curtain rod, old clothing, some brand new sheets that don’t fit any size mattress we own, a box of old papers, DVD’s, a few broken toys, and many more random items.
It took me less than an hour to get to 37, and many of those were groups of items which technically brought my purging to well over the number 42. Later, when I told my partner about the challenge and that I was stalled at 37, we happened to be standing in the garage. He looked around and easily picked several items that completed the task.
Some things were given away, some went right in the garbage and a bunch of it will to go a second-hand store. It was a good exercise, much easier than I thought and surely doable at least once a week for the foreseeable future in my overflowing house.