Back in 2012, I also challenged myself not to buy any stuff. It worked out fairly well for a while, but I didn’t make it into a habit. I know this because by the end of the year (probably by September) I had completely forgotten about the challenge. My life had just become too stressful and hectic due to moving my family to live next door to my parents.
This time, I am going about the challenge in a whole new way. Not only am I not going to buy anything, but I am purging my life of the stuff that has no value to me. I am going to truly appreciate what I have, which will free up my time to really love the people in my life. I am starting this journey by following Project333, dramatically reducing the volume of clothes I wear in each season.
Over the past week, I have put away or given away perhaps 2/3 of my clothes. I haven’t made it down to just 33 pieces yet, which is the suggested number in Project333, and I might not get the number down quite that low. Regardless, I took the above picture of my closet this morning without staging it at all. Most of my clothes are in here now (I still have 2 drawers of clothes in a bureau, but they are nearly empty drawers). It is not perfect, as you can see, but I didn’t tidy anything up, either. For almost a week, my closet has looked something like this every time I open the door. I wish I had a “before” picture to share, but the only one I had actually was staged, so you can’t see the huge difference between a week ago and now.
The really great thing about this mindset is it has already begun to affect other areas of my stuff, as well. I am also purging my body care products, cosmetics, junk drawers, etc. I have even unsubscribed myself from probably dozens of email lists – there was a period of several hours yesterday when I did not receive any new emails, and it was wonderful! Simplifying is addicting!
Living to be 100 will be so much more fulfilling if I am carting around less stuff – all of the time and emotional baggage that goes with it.