Welcome to our daily challenge! Wait! Don’t go away!! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on. (And coming in in the middle is totally cool.)
Objective: trash/donate eighteen objects (or sell/gift them)
Definition of “unnecessary”: something that is not essential. If it is essential it will be used and you will need it. Your keys are essential. If you can’t find them, it is necessary that you look until you do find them. Your beanie baby collection is not essential. It is unnecessary to keep them around.
Reason: Time is limited. Time spent on multiple collections (most people have collections of EVERYTHING. Right now, tell me- how many office binders do you have? More than one? It’s a collection.) is wearying and wasted. Time to go do something apart from the stuff.
Suggestion: I know that we were just in your closet a few days ago collecting clothes for a friend in need scenario but let’s go back there again. I bet there’s more here.
Let’s be realistic about our seasonal clothes. I live in a four season climate. I do need a variety of clothes and maybe you do but it doesn’t mean that we need THAT much. A truly minimalistic closet will have only about 30 pieces of clothing max (not including underwear.) I’m not asking for that; but I do want to help you realize that you really don’t need it all.
So pull out all your off season clothing from wherever it’s hiding and set up shop.
And just go shopping! Since you haven’t seen much of this stuff for a few months there will be times when you’ll think, “Oh, I love this top, I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear again!” Buy it.
I personally recommend doing laundry daily if you can (or need to.) But if you can’t, just make sure you have enough clothes to get you through to the next laundry session. (Usually weekly.) Realize that most clothes can be worn several times before they need washing. So what? Five shirts maybe to be safe? If your pile of “bought” clothes has more than five shirts just get rid of the rest! If you don’t love it, don’t keep it!
Now when that’s done (are you already at 18?) check out this season’s clothes. What’s at the bottom of the drawer? What have you been consistently picking around?
Don’t think of this as an exercise of sacrifice. Realize that you’re just recognizing the things that you truly love. You will appreciate that sweater even more. Think of how many people in history and even today have just two sets of clothes- one to wear and one to wash. You are blessed. You are living an extravagant life. Enjoy it. Enjoy every piece of clothing you own. And donate the rest so that that others can share your bounty.