The weather is getting warmer where we live but it always does this and then gets really cold one last time. I am trying not to be excited about the warmer weather yet. After a long winter I want to open the windows and air out the house, declutter and make things brighter and sunnier inside to reflect the outside. With now 5 Little Chefs we have a lot of stuff. Each person doesn’t need to have a lot to collectively have a lot.
I do know it is a lot easier to keep things picked up with less stuff. We all have stuff laying around that we have not used in a long time and that we probably will not use again. I have been trying to teach my Little Chefs it is ok to let things go if you do not love it. When we shop for clothes if they do not love it and want to wear it all the time we will not buy it just to have another shirt. If it sits in their drawer unworn it is just taking up space. We are learning to utilize what we do have. Regifting is a norm here. When it is someone’s birthday they will get something that the giver did use for a while but isn’t using anymore. Each gift is so thoughtful and is received so graciously. It always makes me smile.
For the next 30 days we are taking on a challenge; Shed 300 Items In 30 Days. Each day we will post a location on Facebook and tell you where we will be working. Our first location is the Master Bedroom. Today we will choose 10 items in the master bedroom that we want to toss. Ten items isn’t too many and it isn’t too few. It is a good round number. The term toss is used loosely. You decide whether you want to throw it in the garbage, recycle, donate, or return. This challenge is very loose so that you can adapt it to your own situation. If you do not have a master bedroom choose your own location. If you cannot find 10 items in one location that’s ok find another location to make up the difference. If you easily find 10 items in one location I dare say perhaps it would be good to revisit that location another day. Of course if you are on a roll who am I to tell you to stop and wait for another day, keep going!
A couple of tips. We like to use garbage bags for our items that will be donated. We keep that bag in the garage because it is right by the car. When we are going out on errands which would be by the donation location we take it. Choose your own location and collection device (bag, box….). I will not be donating my items each day. That is just one more step. At the end of 30 days (unless we are driving by on an errand) we will make the drive to donate the items. To me it feels good to see the pile of 10 growing and growing each day, but then it also makes me feel sad that I had all that in my house that we were not using and that was taking up space.
Join us each day on Facebook to discover that days location for the 10 Item Toss Challenge. After you have completed your task come back and tell us how you did. If you altered the location or challenge for your needs let us know as well. The bottom line is if you take this challenge you will end up Shedding 300 Items In 30 Days! Now wouldn’t that feel good!
What are you waiting for? Go to your master bedroom and toss your first 10 items. Good luck!