since the beginning of the year, i've been doing my best to simplify.
simplify, simplify, simplify.
simplifying is not only getting rid of things that you don't use or don't need or just sort of shake your head at because you still have that momento from college that really means nothing to you now...
simplifying is also extremely mental.
i am proud to say, i have bought no more than 5 clothing articles since the year started.
this is a big step for me. first, i learned to avoid the shops that i love to buy things. i also learned to not just to buy because it's on sale. and also to give myself more time to think about the purchase. do i really need this? why do i want to buy this?
i've also made a mental list of specific items, not just clothing, but also household items i would like to have around that i feel like i need.
and i've done very well to not stray from that list.
so when i was in vermont in may, i found a rad "vintage" navy linen blazer and bought it, because blazers are on my list.
the more complicated things are handwritten notes and letters. or sentimental items... that do seem to drag you down a little because you don't always necessarily want them, but you feel bad getting rid of them.
for the notes and letters: scan them, save them, email them to yourself, whatever--- so you can have a digital copy.
for the sentimental items--- take a photo of them or a video of them--- also, a digital copy.
(both these ideas are from my sister, shayna)
i have sold multiple things this way and have made a nice amount of cash selling the things we didn't use, because i knew they had value. score!
it also makes me feel like i was getting rewarded for simplifying!
food in the cupboards has even been a challenge.
be more efficient with what you keep in the cupboards. i do highly support a food storage, big or small, depending on your means, in case of an emergency. water storage is important too.
but as far as the food that is in your rotating menu, be sure you are buying things you are using in the next week or two. if not, you're left with a bunch of stuff that has either expired or that you have too many of.
simplify over a period of time.
since this project has been going for a few months, i've had time to make sure i want to be rid of certain things. take your time to simplify because i think you will regret less and perhaps rid yourself of more excess.
please donate items in good repair.
goodwill. salvation army. deseret industries (yeah utah!)
think about the long term. are you really going to use this in a year? two years? when was the last time you wore that?
i am a little crazy because i feel bad for certain things that don't get used so i'll go out of my way to use them.
yes, i feel bad for inanimate objects (for example, with the plates at the bottom of the stack, sometimes i'll rotate the plates so the bottom ones get a turn).
don't feel bad for inanimate objects. unless it's plates, because you'll probably use those. but don't feel bad for clothes if you don't wear them. you don't wear them because you don't like how they fit or you just don't like them.
those are my thoughts for now.
simplify. simplify. simplify.
*photo taken with diana mini (35mm film)