Source: Becoming Minimalist
Two things before I begin this post:
- Last month we had
champagnewhisky brunch at my cousin’s place. He told us that he is not a hoarder. Verbatim he said that he gets rids of excess stuff so God can bless him with more. I was moved by those words.
- I always claim that I am not a hoarder because the truth is, for the most part, I am not. But I have clothes from 2002. Which cannot fit. And I still keep them.
Now onto the post:
In June, I wrote some goals for myself and have it up on our notice board for accountancy purpose. All goals are related to clearing up the house:
- Clear out the closets of clothes we can’t/don’t wear, shoes that are too old and other clothing we are holding onto for no reason.
- Arrange the DVDs [when you are getting DVDs for 50 bob - you never know how to store them so you keep them in an envelope in the office and that is just not organisation in my opinion]
- Give away handbags that you have never carried or you will never carry.
There is a habit that I have of buying things and then never using them. Like I have this clutch bag that I got that I have never used. EVER. It is three years later and for real, I need to just give it away. Which is totally my plan.
It is even more amazing that I got rid of a lot of stuff when I was moving from my folks digs to my marital home. But I still have stuff that I should totally not be having in my possession.
I know where I made the mistake: I was not ruthless enough. I kept things for sentimental purposes!!
So how am I executing ruthlessness?
- I am not doing it all in one day [I gave myself one month to do it and its been an interesting one so far].
- I tackle one wardrobe/drawer at a time.
- I give myself time to reminisce about some of the clothes/shoes/handbags and then I come to the conclusion that is indeed better if I gave it to someone else who will use the stuff more [I have a couple of shoes that pinch my toes - I so should not be having such things in the closet].