365 Days to Simplicity. or the 365 Day Purge. or the Quest for Less.

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I crave simple, yet I add more to my life.  It makes no sense.  However, I have a new plan (does that count as adding something new, since my plan is actually to be reducing?) that will help to simplify my world.  I wrote about it in my Drop in the Bucket List post and it’s pretty simple in and of itself.  All I have to do is get rid of one thing each day.  Simple concept, isn’t it?

So far I’m overachieving because I’m excited to be clearing things out, so the first day I got rid of two pairs of shoes and yesterday I boxed up 15 or more purses (how embarrassing!).  I’m sure I will slow down as I get further into the year, but I have to tell you that it feels WONDERFUL and I’m very excited by the potential to clear out stuff.  I don’t view myself as a hoarder (other than apparently of purses…and maybe yarn), and our house isn’t over run with junk or knick knacks, but we have more than we need.  And, like I said at the beginning, I’m craving simplicity and just less.

Now you may be wondering why I’m going on about this since I already put it in my previous post.  No, I’m not just bragging about how well I’m doing at getting rid of stuff.  I got to thinking after hearing peoples’ comments and responses (both on here and in real life), that maybe others would like to join me in this quest for less.  So, I’ve made a little badge that you all can post on your site if you’re joining me in my 365 Days to Simplicity… or, if you don’t have a site , you can print out the yet-to-be-determined cute little badge and pin it on your shirt.  :)  …Clearly, at this point you will no longer be doing a full 365 Days, but you can start late and I won’t tell anyone.  Tell your friends.  Link back to here so they can join us or leave a comment.

To add the button (badge?) to your site:

Copy this code and paste it into an HTML widget (called a Text box on WordPress) or into your blog using the HTML setting.

<div>&lt;a href=”http://www.twyste.com&#8221; target=”_self”&gt;&lt;img src=”http://bit.ly/xX9iS6&#8243; alt=”LOL Award” width=”125″ height=”125″ /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</div>

OR

Copy and paste the code below into an image widget

http://twyste.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/365-days-to-simplicity.png

then link it to this address:

http://bit.ly/wtt65v

Let me know if you get stuck… we can do this!

*If you want to check my progress on this goal, go to http://365daystosimplicity.wordpress.com/ and check out the pictures.

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25 thoughts on “365 Days to Simplicity. or the 365 Day Purge. or the Quest for Less.

  1. I’m in. The freedom of having less is very appealing. Freedom is the theme that our pastor has chosen for this year. I think simplifying is necessary for freedom. I even have a book by that title, The Freedom of Simplicity. Thanks for leading the way!

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  3. Oh hey, I need to do this … since I’m already tossing today. I just tossed enough junk mail for the first few days I missed. I just have to take a picture, toss something, exercise, oh, I better get my list LOL Anyway, I think this is a great idea! Oh and I love how simple your badge is. perfect!

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  5. I like this concept. I am all about decluttering life… both literally and figuratively. I wrote once about how merging households–from about 2500 square feet total into 1200 square feet total–was tough, but so worth it. We have fewer things but use most of what we have. I hope this works for you!

    • My husband and I have frequently talked about wanting to do that as well. Our hope is that once the real estate market stops its freefall we can sell our house and continue or path of minimization (is that even a word?!). I’m a big believer in “less is more” and somehow we’ve ended up with more than we want…what a blessing and yet, irresponsible of us, I think. Anyway, deep thoughts with Kelly. :)

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  14. No, I’m not in, darn it. I spent two years divesting myself of 90% of my possessions, sold my house and moved into 280 sq ft.

    I still have too many books and papers, but that will have to wait.

    I will clap for you all. Yay!

    • That must have felt great to rid yourself of so much extra! Way to go. I’m day 24, so have purged 24 items (or groups of items sometimes) thus far. It already feels nice. I know that it will get harder as the year goes on, but I’m pretty committed to the process and eager for less. This has been an easy way to do it. You may be interested in my post on transferring your magazines (books and papers?) to Evernote for digital storage (http://twyste.com/2012/01/05/cooking-light-with-evernote/). It takes time to do, but is a nice way to get rid of some of that kind of clutter. I do LOVE the feel of paper, books, and magazines, though, so that’s the hard part.
      Thanks for clapping for me. I intend to post a collage of all the purged items at the end of each month… partly for my own accountability and partly because I want the sensation of seeing it all at once together!

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  17. I love this idea! I am currently working through Organized Simplicity. Have you seen this book? The first half of the book is mainly about writing your family purpose statement and managing your time, but the second half is a big purge of stuff in your house. I am working on the purging part now, but with two littles underfoot at all times, I can’t get it done nearly as fast as the book prescribes. Perhaps one thing a day would help!

    • One at a time definitely makes it more manageable for me. Some days I get rid of a bunch, do I can count them for a few days, then I’ll miss a day or two and then do one a day. So, I’m kind of all over the place, but I take a picture of each item so I have some accountability for myself…and a way to keep track of which day I’m on. It’s working for me so far!

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