Occasionally I’ll “binge clean” my apartment. During this time, I typically scrub every corner of the floors, counters and cabinets, and ensure everything is in its proper place. This past weekend, as I was putting away clothes, I realized that a significant amount of closet space is consumed with items that I do not necessarily need. Whether it’s coats, shoes or everyday attire, I noticed that plenty of it I could live without, sparing the essentials of winter clothing and other necessary items. Being that it is nearing Thanksgiving time and the spirit of giving is in the air, I thought it’d be a great idea to reduce the unnecessary stuff in my apartment, beginning with clothes.
I spent a couple of hours going through everything and eventually filled several bags of clothing articles to donate and/or sell. By removing unnecessary items from my closet (and my life), it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Material items, in my mind, are not one of the puzzle pieces in my picture of total and optimal health. While I certainly enjoy a new pair of shoes or shopping trip once in a while, I believe other areas of my life are more important to prioritize and focus on.
After the cleaning binge, I began asking myself what other physical items could I reduce or remove from my life, and what effect might that have?
A great post on The Minimalists blog today titled “Need, Want, Like” explores this same idea by categorizing and reducing items in your life that you either need, want or like to have. I’m fascinated with exploring this topic further in my own life, and will continue to share updates throughout this journey. While it’s a somewhat daunting task, I think cleaning out the closet was an important step toward achieving this milestone.
This week, are you up for the challenge of beginning to remove unnecessary items from your life? Consider starting with something small, and see what happens. Share your thoughts here.