This week we start the good stuff – we’ve set our priorities, now we can open up space in our lives to allow more time for them.
We begin by purging our stuff. With each discarded or repurposed item, we’re are promised a new freedom. Get trashbags ready for things that are broken, or boxes for things you’d like to give away. You’ll need a big box for those things you are incapable of addressing right now.
I can see that this will be painful, so I’ll begin my purging with 30-minute boogie scoots. A boogie scoot is where you set a kitchen timer or your smart phone for 30 minutes. You scoot around making decisions about whether an items stays or goes. When the alarm goes off, stop. You can do another scoot later after you can appreciate the new space you’ve already produced.
Get rid of the big items first. The little clutter won’t give you instant gratification the way the big stuff will. Edit your rooms by walking through as if you are seeing your space in the eyes of someone who is visiting. Eliminate all items that are not drop dead beautiful, extremely sentimental, or that serve no function. Just remember, the less items you have, the less time you will spend dusting.
Once you’ve gone through the main parts of your rooms, tackle the closets and drawers, one drawer or shelf at a time. You may be doing these little boogie scoots for a long time, but I predict you will be so buoyed by the experience that you will look forward to your next scoot.
I warn you that you will spend moments in reverie as you turn up photos or mementos from the past. That’s okay, just have a special box available for the priceless things you don’t want to treat so carelessly in the future. I have a big hat box that contains these slices of my life until I have time to put them in an album or file cabinet. (No doubt they’ll still be in the hat box when I check out of this life. No problem. Someone else can deal with them then.)
If you are a slave to materialism and consumerism, there are ways to escape it. Here’s what works for me: You spot some gazinka pin in the store and you want it. You NEED it. You tell yourself that you can have it, BUT you must wait three days. At the end of that time period,
if it’s still calling your name, go ahead and buy it, but you must let something else go. Chances are you will have spotted something you want more in the meantime. Don’t forget to wait three more days.
I’ve been on this quest to simplify for almost a week. I swear I feel a new energy and appreciation for my formerly cramped little cottage. Mysteriously, I’ve lost four pounds along with six boxes of stuff. No kidding. I don’t know what one has to do with the other, but there MUST be a connection.