Today I Learned . . . Minimize And Thin Things Out

I don’t claim to be a hardcore minimalist, but I am very intrigued by the concept of living with less.  Some people think going through the process of getting to having lss,  is torture and never get started.  Count me in that category.

I prefer to see it as freeing, but it is still pretty hard.

We all have so much stuff, in so many areas of our lives, that I’m coming to the realization that it can be helpful to thin things out every once and a while.

Start somewhere.

Take a look at your clothes, for example.  I bet that there is stuff in your closet right now that you never wear or have not put on unless it is the only thing that is not in the laundry, right?  I know I’ve been there once or twice.

OK, truth be told, I’m there right now.

But wouldn’t it be nice to be excited about everything that you wear, every time you wear it?

My first step.

I’ve started a little experiment to try to thin out my closet a little bit. I was going to tackle it all at once, but that was just too much.  So I figured I would do it one piece at a time, and it wouldn’t cost me a dime!  (OK, that is the old Johnny Cash song, but you get the picture.)

Instead of tackling my closet all at once, which was too overwhelming for me, I’m trying something new.  I’ve decided to wear every piece of clothing one more time before I wear anything a second time.

Here the process I’m going to try to thin things out a little:

Step 1 – If I take a piece of clothing out of the closet and I just can’t bear to put it on because it’s either too small, too big (I just dropped 50 pounds!), too ugly or unappealing in any way, it goes right into the donation box right at that moment.

In the past I convinced myself I would wear it someday, if I had nothing else. I’m not going to do that anymore.  Time to get tough and make some decisions.

Step 2 – At the end of the day, before I put it what I was wearing that day into the laundry, I’m going to circle back to my step one analysis again.  How did I feel about it during the day?  Was the collar too tight? Did I notice a stain or tear?

I’m committed to making a final decision to either keep it or donate it.  I think if I just rinse and repeat that process, slowly but surely I’ll get rid of some things, and that stuff will go to someone who can really use it.

Everybody wins.

Today I learned, even though our intentions may be good, sometimes the simplest decisions can be pretty tough to tackle, even if you are used to making difficult decisions all day long, like me.

I can’t wait to see how things come along!