I’ve read that it takes about 30 days of doing the same thing to create a habit. I’m going to test the theory for 29 days, as suggested by @BecomingMinimalist (my new favorite site for inspiration).
So… what am I going to do for the next 29 days?
Whether it’s a blog post, a sentence or a word. I’m going to write something. Why? Why not? Besides, it’s my way of decluttering my mind. My closet is not the only thing that’s going to benefit from my efforts. Every since I was young and started journal writing, that instantly became my mental outlet. It clarifies me.
I’m not going to put a lot of requirements around what I write or defining a focus or anything. It will simply be to write something. Twenty-nine days is not really a lot of time, when I think about it.
One of the presents we got our son is a calligraphy set – with feather, ink and multiple pen tips. I’m hoping this inspires his creative side again. At 15 and extremely athletic, his artistic side has been overshadowed a bit. I know it’s in there, though. He is a fantastically detailed drawer, but a perfectionist to a fault.
So, this is day one, and those are my thoughts.
2016 is just about to wrap up. Without fail, after Christmas every year I am overcome with the need to organize, clean and simplify. I think this is my inner minimalist violently reacting to the waste I witness every year with discarded wrapping paper, Christmas cards and the excess of “things” that are bought and given.
Another man’s treasure is another man’s trash.
I’ve seen many gifts given that have sat and collected dust. It’s such a shame that our society continues to produce trash and, in turn, trashes our spaces. Well, that’s a post for another time.
Today, I want to focus on what I can control. Our home. Our behaviors. Our impact. And I want to indulge in my need to simplify. It makes me feel better. It makes me feel lighter and feels like somewhat of a tribute to not encouraging the production of more “stuff.”
So far, I have reduced my closet by about 25% of what it was. I have seen and read the 40 hanger challenge, but that is too lofty of a goal right out of the gate. I have a small closet that I share with my husband, so I don’t have much to start with, but I am determined.
My next feat will be cleaning my office. I work from home and my files and piles are really self-inflicted. I don’t have to have any paper if I don’t want, but I am old-school. I come from a time where taking notes during a lecture, call or conversation was the way, and it’s really my best way to remember things. Always has been. As a result, I have piles of files and paper on my clients. This will be my goal today.
I will make a goal each week to support my need to simplify.
I’ll report back soon!