Another weekend, another douse of minimizing motivation. Seriously, I might run out of things to get rid of by the middle of the month. Regardless - on with the purge!
I woke up early today and got right to work. Filled up a grocery bag with old clothes, a couple books, some hangars, and that's about it. I plan on bringing it to Goodwill this week. Today I had time to do so much - so so much. Gym session, 2-hour coffee session with my incredibly smart friend Alex Masica, and then roller derby! The old me would have stayed in. But I didn't, and you know what - it was great. I found more time in my day. It still baffles me that getting rid of clutter from your life can add so much more time to your life. It's amazing. The more time - the more fun. The more fun - the better your relationships. The better your relationships - the more fulfilled you feel. It all comes back to what you desire to make time for, items or otherwise. And that all starts with reevaluating what you bring into your life.
My Amazon Echo came today. I regretted buying it during this time of purging, but I looked at it more as a "streamlining life" device. It's pretty incredible - check it out here. Other than setting her up, I went to the library and got a couple books, and just sort of...was. I found myself wondering what I was going to do with my day. Football is getting less and less appealing, so I just decided to have a traditional Sunday full of reading, writing, and of course coffee.
Didn't get rid of much today. Like I've stated previously, I'm running low on stuff to donate. Plus - I was in a writing mood tonight. So I dialed it back a little. More updates to come.
Again - sadly - nothing really decluttered. I'm starting to see a light at the end of the decluttering tunnel in that I'll finally be at a place at which I'm comfortable and no longer overwhelmed. I do have some things yet to get rid of, but that stack of things is dwindling. I feel I might be starting to chase the feeling of getting rid of things, rather than doing it for my own sanity. I don't know if that is a good thing or not - but I suppose, at least, it will help me realize what level of "things" I am comfortable with.
No changes here. A few trips to Goodwill are planned, as well as items to put for sale on Craigslist and eBay. The next stage of decluttering seems like a more in-depth stage. Digging for items I so long ago put aside, and being proactive in getting rid of them. This next stage seems a bit unknown because I'm hoping I don't run into the idea of, "I forgot about this - I need to keep it"! I feel I've come so far though that that won't be an issue or something that crosses my mind.
I find myself having time for so many more things lately. Tonight, for instance, I was able to meet with the homies Dan Bonebright and Jen Jamar to talk more about volunteering with Social Media Breakfast. We had an awesome conversation about all-things social, and cool thinks in the works for SMB. Now - I could surely have had this same conversation were I not involved with minimizing, but I felt myself being much more laissez faire. We were at a coffee shop, it was mellow, it was a November evening - it was great!
Decluttering helps find more time for great conversations with great people at great places.
Luckily I have this weird drive within me to try to be better at everything, so I subscribe to services like Team Treehouse, Lynda, Skillshare, etc., which all help with that. There's no hurt in trying to be good at everything right?
Maybe I'll write about everything I've learned with all this extra time on my hands. There's some sort of content in there...
As I sat at work frustrated over a project I was doing, I couldn't help but wonder, "Would I be more frustrated if there was stuff scattered all over my desk"? The short answer is yes. I would have been more inconsolable than I was with a clutter-free workspace. That was a saving grace, in a way. I knew I had to focus on the obstacle at hand, and I did. Rather than get sidetracked and start cleaning my workspace - which would have been a mindful and maybe helpful task - I stayed focused and continued working.
Having a clutter-free workspace allowed me to stay focused on what was important.
This is true in all aspects of life. A clutter-free home allows you to focus on what is important in your home life. A clutter-free mind allows you to simply focus more on items that need more focus. You get the idea.
And that wraps up Week 2. Less about getting rid of items, and more about being able to do more, to focus more, and to clear more space physically and mentally.