28 things gone. 28 fewer things to deal with.
This week is undoubtedly the easiest of the month. And yet, it still proved to be empowering. As I’ve been looking through all of the cabinets, the bookshelves, and closets, it’s like I’ve somehow given myself permission to unload things. I keep searching out the next thing to get rid of, and things are starting to jump off of the shelves. “Do I really need that toaster? No, we haven’t used it since we moved here.” “Four spatulas? Why would I need four spatulas?” These are questions that I’ve never asked myself before, so I’ve never had to answer for them.
To wrap up my first week, here’s what I’ve gotten rid of so far:
1 Pinterest account
1 giant flask
1 tiny glass
4 cups without lids
1 lid with no cup
1 crappy piece of Tupperware
2 pairs of crazy sunglasses
1 stuffed Easter bunny
1 stemless champagne glass
With sharing all of these things on social media, I’ve received a few questions. Here are some answers:
1. Yes, Pinterest counts as an item. It was taking up 2-3 hours per week of my time FOR NO GOOD REASON. It’s not necessary, and it makes my life simpler not to have it. It counts.
2. Most of the things will be given away. If they’re worth much money (like the Wii I’m trying to unload on Craigslist), then I’ll sell it. If it’s just trash, I’ll throw it in the garbage. Everything else is being donated or given to people who have asked specifically for the item(s).
3. It’s not daunting. Pick a drawer or a cabinet and just clean out that one thing. Pretty soon, you’ll go to the drawer next to it. And then pretty soon you’re unloading things en masse.
4. Giving away gifts is hard. Knowing that your mom will see that you’re giving away something she bought for you is hard (sorry, mom). But if it doesn’t have significant sentimental value, sayonara.
5. Yes, I’m proud of what I’m doing to make a better life for my family. Yes, I feel like it’s going to get really tough (when I try to throw out Casey’s belongings), and yes, I feel like a weight has already been lifted. But believe me, I’m not too big for my britches quite yet. I still have 468 things to go.