A decluttering trick that’s working for me

By Jay Hiller, January 28, 2022

Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

I’ve always been a little messy and I’ve tried to change my habits many times. They say that having a lot of clutter isn’t great for your mental health so I’m excited about this idea I’ve been trying out for about 8 days now. You mark out 30 days and on day 1 you donate or throw away one thing. On day two you donate or throw away two things, and so on….. I tried a couple of systems for doing this on my phone. Probably because I’m not that great with my phone I found that the easiest thing for me to do was to make a paper chart like this one:

What’s been most interesting about this to me, is how easy it is. It’s bled over into my worky-work office a little and I now have an entire shelf in there that only has a few things on it. I consider this development wild success. My plan is to go all the way to day 30 and then start again on Day 1. (To all family members, I’m only doing this with my things not yours.)

By the way, I got this idea from watching a short documentary on Netflix, called The Minimalists. I don’t think I’ll ever be as pure about this as they are, but they definitely have some interesting ideas about how we use things to fill emotional voids in our life. It’s definitely worth watching and not a big investment of time.

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