I’ve readh this book before and had good success on putting this declutter process into practice. I’ve only been back from my 2nd RTW trip for about 6 months and the American junk acquiring syndrom is creeping back onto me.
This past weekend, I decided to print out the “My Throw-Outs” list sold with the book (or check the author’s website for a copy) and re-practice the reduce/reuse/eliminate concept.
So far, I’ve managed to purge the following items. They will either be sold, donate or trash, depending on the condition of the items.
Brand new, never use candle pouring/making kit: to be sold (qty:1)
*Brand new, never opened baby toys meant as gifts for my trip abroad but didn’t get included due to excess baggage allowance: to be sold (qty:2).
*Brand new, never worn silk camisole that were part of a business suite that’s too tight for my comfort. To be donated to Career Closet here in San Jose, CA: (qty:1)
*Brand new, never use pie baking steamer – ceramic red bird that I felt obliged to buy as fund raising from a former co-worker. To be donated (qty:1)
*Gentle lit a few time, a large, winter pine scent, pillar candle. I don’t have a container that fit it so I lined it with a glass dish but almost never use because I felt unsafe. To be donated to Savers. Someone can get better use out of it than me. (qty:1)
*The broken thermostat we replaced last week. Tossed into trash (qty:1)
*Summer lemonade/waster jar. Nothing is wrong with it, except the water flow is so slow. I bought a removeable lid water container recently so it fit perfectly in the new fridge. To be donated (qty:1)
*Replaced vanity faucet from the master bath. We recently upgrade to new backsplash, mirror & faucet set so this gotta go. It’s perfectly functional, just no longer fit out style. To be donated to Savers(qty:1)
*Like new condition, plastic Japanese style bento lunch box (slim style, like pencil box) that I used as first aid kit container for my RTW trip. Swap out with plastic evelope with zip to save space. To be donated to Savers (qty:1)
*Desk style/size business check binder, from former business. Shredded all the remaining blank checks and purged the binder. To be donated to Savers (qty:1)
*Brand new glass shade/cover to a ceiling light fixture for the laundry room that I could no longer find the actual light fixture.
I’m sure with other things, the light fixture might re-surface after I donated the glass shade. To be donated to Savers (qty:1)
It sounds a lot – but so far, that’s already 13 items on the Throw Out list that got purged.
I’m confidence I can add plenty of things to the list soon, to make the 50 things.
I affirm and letting go of all clutter or anything that’s no longer of benefits to my soul.
*I am striving toward volunteer simplicity as my new adoption of minimalist lifestyle are positive and fulfilling.
*I am focusing on fulfilling experiences instead of clutter accumulation.
*I beautify my life by simplifying my surroundings.
*I clean my home so that my mind can be clear and inspired
*I de-clutter my home on a weekly basis
*I enjoy keeping my home clean and orderly.
I dropped all of the above “donated” items to Savers store. Although small, I always feel lighter based on the amount of donation I dropped off, each and every time.