This challenge has always been a favorite. First on the old forums, then on blogs and now on facebook and likely twitter too. I still haven't figured out twitter, so I'm not really sure if it landed there.
Anyway. It seems simple enough, fill a bag every day, for 40 days, and well, you are on you way to a perfect spring declutter or just dodged a fasting of some sort.
I start out strong, there's a line of bags in the hallway to prove it. But then, it wanes. Every time.
The community of it is fun...but what's the goal? My goal? A glaring pile of too much consumerism? A visual aid for the volume of our accumulation? A definitive yes, we are slobs?
The answer to all of that is a resounding yes. Yes, we buy too much. Yes, we let things pile up. Yes, we have a messy lean.
Mostly though, I discover that I'm very often spread too thin (aren't we all?) and it's time to stop and be in the moment.
That which needs to be purged very often doesn't need to be purged at all, rather just moved around on the priority list.
Like this bag of left over valentine craft supplies...catch that? A bag. One bag.
It was headed for "the pile" but I hesitated. That hesitation is always the fatal blow to becoming clutter-free.
Today, I decided to be okay with the clutter and start tackling *something*. Because if there's one thing I hate more than creeping clutter, it's wastefulness.
I decided to actually take the time to do something with a bag. I even timed it. 26 minutes.
26 minutes turned a discard bag into these....
Maybe it's not a good use of time, maybe I could have filled up 5 bags for goodwill. Maybe. But what I know for sure, is my time was better spent making these than all of those hesitations AND my etsy packages just got a little sweeter.
Love your clutter and spread the love.