Here we are. 300 things down, 196 things to go.
There’s one thing I didn’t expect with this process: the full change of attitude I’ve had toward my things. And, the change is quick. Three months ago, I actually cleaned out my bathroom cabinet. I threw out old medicines and organized everything else within the cabinet so that samples were all together, nail polish bottles were all together, bandaids were all together, etc. This week, I threw away 89 items out of that cabinet alone. Now, it seems so ridiculous that I spent time reorganizing things that were completely unnecessary.
Have you seen the Verizon commercial that starts out, “Nobody ever stomped their foot and asked for less.” Here it is:
It really struck a chord with me because that really is how our culture is today. Bigger and better, more, more, more. And until now, I’ve bought into the hype. I needed those 89 items in my bathroom cabinet. You know, just in case I run out of shampoo. The thing that I’ve realized is that there’s a very big difference between needing something and wanting it. One wouldn’t think that’s a big stretch to recognize, but I’ve somehow convinced myself along with way that the words are synonymous. They’re not. So here I am, stomping my foot and asking for less.
A few of you have asked where to start, and here’s a really fantastic list from Becoming Minimalist.