In a recent issue of one of my favorite magazines, Real Simple, there was an article about de-cluttering your mind.
The article recommended throwing away 50 things that weigh you down or have negative memories attached (magazines and catalogues only count as one thing no matter how many you throw away). The idea is, only once your home is devoid of the physical clutter, can you clear away your mental clutter.
I’m not sure that I have too much mental clutter, but I freely admit that I am a major pack-rat and that I absolutely hate throwing things away. However, given the fact that we’re about to have everything we own packed and shipped to Bangkok, I figure we might as well only go with the stuff we really want.
So, I’ve decided to challenge myself and make an effort to get rid of all the things around the house I know (very, very, very, deep down) that I will never need. I’m going to donate them to charity instead of throwing them away, but I figure the concept’s the same.
So far I’m donating:
- a selection of DVDs I don’t like very much
- a few gifts that I’ve been carting around because I feel guilty getting rid of gifts that I don’t like
- some clothes that I haven’t worn since I moved here
- my old 35mm point and shoot camera
- a lot of magazines
- some books I wouldn’t read again
- random office and technical supplies that are quite outdated, but still unused (I already mentioned the pack-rat issue, right?)
I know I’m not quite at 50 yet, but it’s a start… What can you de-clutter?