When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and ‘good, orderly direction’ to enter. ~ Julia Cameron
It is the first Tuesday in February – time to check in on my One Little Word progress. The word I choose was declutter. As I reread my post from January 2nd, I see that I had some rather lofty goals about decluttering my life! Well, I guess you can say I am taking baby steps.
So far I have donated two trash bags full of clothing to the Big Brother, Big Sisters organization. There are plenty more clothes in my attic and bedroom closets waiting to find a new home. I have learned that I cannot wait until an organization contacts me about a donation. I must spend some time each week going through clothes and household items and start collecting way ahead of time. This way I will be good to go when I get the call and not scrambling at the last minute.
I also donated a trash bag of old towels to an animal rescue collection being done by the daughter of a colleague. I had a large laundry basket filled with these “rags” that we were going to use for house cleaning and washing the cars. I didn’t give them all away, but come on, just how much cleaning does a person really do that would warrant saving that many towels?
Most recently, I cancelled the daily paper. While this decision was based on the amount of papers we recycle each week as well as the cost, I am a little sad. I do like to hold that paper in my hand and read about the local news and of course the obituaries. I know I can get the same news online, but I have been reading the paper since I was a young girl and my brother was a newspaper carrier of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. In reality, I “read” very little of the paper and “skim” the rest. It has to go.
I have been less successful with decluttering my personal life and use of social media, but no worries I still have eleven months to go!