I shared a challenge on Facebook yesterday- a scavenger hunt challenge posted by Courtney Carver of the blog, Be More With Less. (You can find the "rules" here.) I kind of thought it would be hard to complete this since I have been getting rid of stuff right and left for the last year or so. But it took me all of an hour! I guess that means I could really be doing a better job on the decluttering, minimalizing and simplifying front! I won't bore you with specifics, as you can read all about the process on the Be More with Less blog, but here are a few of my thoughts on specific challenges as I went through this process:
* 3 items of clothing that don't fit and 1 item with the tags still on- This was hard. I continually assess what is in my closet and am always throwing items into the Good Will bag, so I didn't have anything that didn't fit and nothing with the tags still on. So, instead, I got rid of 3 sweaters that were questionable as far as still being 'in style', (Are shrugs still in style?? I hope not, because now I don't have any!), and one scarf that I have never worn.
* 2 winter coats-I just took two winter coats to the resale shop last month, so I let myself off the hook on this one.
* 2 pieces of art- Album cover art probably doesn't really qualify (well, maybe it does), but 3 of them went into the giveaway pile.
* 5 things from a junk drawer- This was also harder than I thought, since I just cleaned out the one junk drawer that I have. But I did find a ping pong ball (??? we no longer have a ping pong table), a very over-sized paper clip with a flower on top (never used, had for years, but cute!), multiple broken golf tees, a damaged golf ball and a used tea bag holder in the shape of a tea pot that I thought was really cute when I bought it, but that I never use. So, see, even though I just cleaned out that drawer, I still found items that I should have thrown away the first time around. Life lesson from a junk drawer??! I think so :)
* 2 tools- This was hard, too! Not because I don't have many tools, but because it seems weird to get rid of perfectly good tools. You never know when you might need a pair of rusty wire snips, extremely dull scissors or more than one hammer (I actually had four in one drawer). So, I got rid of the dull scissors and a miniature hammer (??). I couldn't part with the rusty wire snips.
*10 books- This was EASY! Thanks to M. we have a ton of books and already had 4 boxes in the garage ready for Good Will.
*A collection of unused hobby tools- Easy. A calligraphy set and my multiple sets of knitting needles. I've always wanted to get really good at calligraphy, but, seriously, I've had that set for 10 years and have never opened it. And remember my goal for last winter- knitting? Well, it never happened and it probably never will so I probably don't need the needles.
So, that was my fun for this morning! I highly suggest doing this, especially if you have been considering some serious decluttering. This is a great way to get started. It really makes you think about all of the stuff you have that is taking up space in your home and that you really don't need or use.
Switching gears a bit... this afternoon I watched more of my Kelly Rae Roberts' multi-media class demos and completed one more step. It really is a process! I had no idea. Hopefully I have something worth keeping when I finally finish. I've collaged together the first few steps below.
Have a great day! I'm off to pack more boxes, as we're moving on Saturday. Bittersweet time, for sure. Juli