Keeping the renewed sense of motivation and general pro-activeness that the new year brings I thought I would embark on one of the many 30 day challenges I have in mind for accomplishing this year. This, if you read my previous post, is in addition to the new habits I am incorporating and expanding upon each month. The difference between a habit and a challenge to me is the longevity; a habit is something I plan to make a part of my daily routine, actions and or a personal improvement that I intend on making a permanent change in my life. Whereas a challenge is a more intense activity designed to test your strength and have an immediate impact on your life, it helps you achieve goals in a short amount of time.
I am not a hoarder, I am the complete opposite, aside from birthday cards from my beloved and children (and photos of course), I have no sentimental attachment to any of my possessions. I am constantly organising rearranging and decluttering, but unfortunately still feel like my home and my family is clinging onto way too much materialistic junk. Sometimes I feel like I’m fighting a losing battle, as my family is not super keen on my minimalistic tendencies and decluttering binges, which means my house is still full of crap. Add to this the excessiveness that Christmas forces upon us, usually disguised as generosity, rather than what it really is, consumerism at its finest, and you have a house full to the brim!
So it is little wonder that when I came across the 30 day minimalism challenge I was more than a little enthusiastic. The idea is not mine, and I am unsure of who first designed the challenge, however the process is simple. Every day you are to give away, sell, donate or throw away an item equal to what day of the challenge you are on. So for example; On day one you rid one item, day two two items, day three will be three items and so on and so on until at last you are ridding 30 items on day 30 with a total of a whopping 465 items. The catch is to have the item/s out of the house by 12pm that night, so once it’s gone it’s gone for good.
Being a ruthless culler when it comes to decluttering I am not sure that I will be overly challenged by this task however I am trying to convince my partner to join the challenge with me, which to me will be an extreme challenge trying to convince, motivate and keep him on track.
So let the decluttering begin.
Have a think, what items do you value in your home? What improves your life, and what could you live without. I dare you to step outside your comfort zone and really evaluate what is and isn’t important to you and what is really worth taking up space and energy within your home.
If you are interested in the 30 day minimalism challenge and decluttering in general stay posted for further updates.