Last year, when I was exploring possibility, I came to realize that I needed to create space for myself first. I started with my closet. I whittled my wardrobe down to just those items that I really love (plus a few just-in-cases). It feels so good to look in my closet now. And, in nearly a year, I haven't missed a thing that I discarded! (Not one item.)
I am a fairly neat and organized person. I am not a packrat or hoarder. I don't have trouble tossing things out. For most of my adult life, though, I've been constantly organizing closets, drawers, my desk, the countertops. I purchase organizational bins and baskets and tools all the time. Yet I still feel cluttered and unorganized . . . and always in need of more organizing!
What is up with that???
What I've realized is that . . . I just have too much stuff.
I don't need to organize. I need to minimize.
So this year, I'm taking simplification to a a whole new level. I'm going to really explore . . . how much do I need? How much . . . is enough?
This weekend, I KonMari'd my office space and began my purging in earnest. It was shocking to see that, in my top desk drawer alone, I had . . .
- enough binder clips to last me longer than forever;
- all of the index cards I will ever need;
- standard staples to last any future generations of my family through their lifetimes;
- and a clear understanding that most of my favorite basic Bic pens will dry up before I ever need to use them.
(Really. It's shocking how many post-it notes I had in my desk.)
I've been spending quite a bit of time on Josh Becker's Becoming Minimalist website -- a great place to begin if you're interested in minimizing. One of his suggestions for finding out how little you actually need . . . is to remove items -- and see if you miss them.
So I took a challenge, and quickly removed over 30 items in my kitchen utensil drawer.
I'm pretty sure I won't even miss these items. . . because I either don't use them, or I have duplicates or triplicates . . . or even more-plicates.
(And you should see my utensil drawers now! Neat. Orderly. And I didn't even need to organize it. I just put the things I DO need back. Less = neater.)
That gave me the strength to go through one little under-cupboard. . . where I got rid of these items. . .
And so it begins.
What I learned this weekend is that I'm pretty certain I can live with a LOT less than I have! And 2015 is going to be the year I explore . . . just how much . . . is enough!