So for those of you that don’t know – I’m on a journey to de-clutter my life and cut the crap. You wouldn’t know it if you looked at my office/spare bedroom this morning though, as it is still lined with crap. Crap that is overflowing each shelf of my desk, crap all over the bed, endless crap everywhere making crap babies. BUT – to point out a positive – this is all NEW crap to this room. I managed to absolutely clean and sort my office/spare bedroom to the minimalist standards, but then I made a mistake. Instead of moving to the next room and tackling that, being able to periodically enjoy the beautiful empty space, I emptied every drawer from the large wooden chest I have in my living room onto the bed in the previously immaculate office/spare bedroom. Now, frankly it looks like I haven’t done shit. Since the living room with the chest in it already ‘looked’ clean as all the crap was hidden within its drawers, the cleanliness of those drawers are now hidden and its contents are sprawled out.
I have to keep reminding myself of the slow and steady progress I have been making, and realize that although I have to do this room over, it’s actually really working on another. It keeps me from punching the wall. So that’s what I’m working on today, I’m bound and determined to double my progress this week. I’m ready to be done with the journey to get to a minimalistic life and start living one (because that’s a journey all it’s own). I should just take garbage bags and push everything into one (or a hundred) and be done with it, but I’m not hardwired like that. I have to learn what I can donate, trash, sell – as well as the items I absolutely need or LOVE. It is a process that teaches me how to rid myself of old habits and enable me to bid farewell to my old way of life.
I’m getting there.
So far, I’ve tossed 5 garbage bags, 7 donation bags, and have sold $700 worth of things on eBay. From one room. Granted, it was my messiest and most ‘valuable’ room, but that progress keeps me from giving up!