During the month of November 2014 I got rid of 662 items from my home. 411 donated, 244 trashed (they deserved it), 7 consigned. This does not include the 136 items I put in my basement for storage. I still have these, but now they’re out of my everyday space, and part of an ongoing what-do-I-actually-need experiment. I will revisit these items after the holiday season (February).
Here’s an image of what 30-days of minimizing looks looks like:
For feel-good donations (things I gave to Somerville Homeless Coalition, to help set up apartments for families) the benefit was incomparable! All those donations made me feel great. I’d do it all over again.
For laundry, I got so rid of so much excess clothing and linens that I can easily get by only doing one load of laundry per week. Minimizing means I spend almost zero time sorting. I’ve also removed all the pile-up potential. Liberating!
For tax deductible donations I estimate $236 (Not bad considering almost nothing was of any real monetary value.
Update: For consigned items, $196.80.
What a wonderful month! It really did get easier. It also paved room for me to get creative with some Christmas decor. The last few days of the month were focused on junk mail and paper purging, so it seemed wonderfully appropriate that my creative outlet was all about paper! I’m working on a wall tree made entirely of scrap paper.
Here’s a pic of my final drop off at Salvation Army this month! It’s always thrilling to see what is no longer in my living space.
And for the final daily purge of the month, I got rid of…
Five junk mailings & six Christmas ornaments
Thanks so much for reading!