Monday, April 05, 2010

Declutterization Achieved

I hope everyone had a happy Easter!

My resolution to give up junk for Lent was great success. I managed to discard, recycle, donate, or otherwise give away of at least one thing every day, and most days I got rid of several things. And while the selection of items I got rid of was a tiny percent of the total amount of stuff I own, it was enough to make my apartment feel a less cluttered and more spacious.

The other part of my resolution--to not buy anything frivolous--was equally beneficial. I encountered several things I wanted throughout the forty days, and I told myself that I could buy them after Easter. The thing is, now that some time has passed, I no longer want them. I should impose a mandatory waiting period on all toys and trinkets, to weed out regrettable impulse buys in favor of carefully considered purchases. I might save a lot of money and achieve a much slower rate of material accumulation.

I still have a few things to get rid of, which I plan to offer to specific people rather than tossing into the donation box. So I'm not finished decluttering, but I'm released from the commitment to do it every single day. But I think I will keep an open donation box in my apartment all the time, so it remains an ongoing part of my lifestyle.

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