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: Donate/trash twenty objects (or gift/sell them)
Definition of “needs”: Physiological needs (such as water and air,) safety, love/belonging, esteem, self-actualization, and the topsy turvey tomato planter. Wait? How did that get in there?
Reason: You want to be spontaneous. Whether it’s a friend dropping by unannounced or an unexpected day off that you can drop everything and head out camping, you don’t want the messiness of your stuff to hold you back. Either grab the gear and go or grab the tea and stay; but you want it easy to grab.
Suggestion: You know where we haven’t been yet? The garage. Could you be done for the month out here? Garages are notorious for being a catch-all. Time to release its catch outside of your home.
Things that are allowed in your garage:
- Your vehicle (I highly recommend the bicycle as your mode of transportation!)
- Tools that you like and use
- Some seasonal gear
Things that are not allowed in your garage:
- Memorabilia- those things should be minimal and are not generally safe in a garage. Don’t use the space a garage provides to horde. (Yes, I did just watch that episode of the Goldbergs!)
- Tools that you don’t like and use- sure a belt sander is helpful for DIY projects if you actually do them. If you don’t just get rid of it (sell it!) and borrow a friend’s if you ever do find yourself needing one.
- Unknowns- those boxes that you packed when you moved and never unpacked. Assorted messy boxes of, “could this be important?” Don’t. Just don’t.
- Anything broken- If you haven’t fixed it yet don’t put the added pressure on yourself to find time/energy to fix it later. Just get rid of it now and with fewer things you will be better at taking care of your things in the future.
- And probably lots more categories of things you could accumulate in here. What category of stuff does your garage tend to collect?
Oh, and while we’re in here, have you decluttered that car yet? ; )