While I didn’t get too much decluttered this month - and I’m sharing my declutters before the actual end of the month - I did reach my “purge” limit. As I had to make a lot of tough decisions and force myself to follow the guidance of other, far more successful, minimalists in order to dispossess myself of many of this month’s possessions, I figured I’d give myself the rest of the month off.
I think I only managed to rid myself of 36 things this month - a few of which were super easy to part with - ill-fitting or threadbare clothing, a torn and tattered sheet, expired/used cards, etc. But the kitchenware items were very difficult to let go of. Especially the dishes that matched my current set.
Purging items that you feel attached to can make it feel like you’ve climbed a mountain when you’ve just gotten rid of one little thing. At least it feels that way to me. And I am wiped out, mentally drained.
Yet I feel so much lighter having parted with just a few hard-to-let-go-of items, than if I’d let go of many things that meant far less to me.
I am hopeful that as each month passes I’ll have fewer and fewer things to get rid of. And as I’ve set myself a budget with a goal not to buy too many extraneous things for the next year, I’m hoping it will be possible to find my way to minimal by next spring - at least what I currently feel would be my minimal.
Of course the first week of this month (prior to setting this goal for myself) I did add a number of items to my home - baskets, planters, mugs, an outdoor table - but these past three weeks I’ve stayed on goal.
What I did with the stuff…
In order to rid myself of this month’s possessions I sent a number of things to family (at a shipping cost), gave a couple of items away via a local app, dropped off a few things at goodwill and my local eCycling center, recycled one item, gave a few more items to a friend (using the tote bag I was decluttering to carry everything in), and attempted to upcycle some of the worn fabric items - but failed as they were just too destroyed to use as rags. So landfill got something. :(