Saturday stuff

Today is the 112th day of the year. At least that’s what I get based on my knuckles method for calculating days in each month (You know, the big knuckles=31, divots between knuckles=30 except February=29 this year). Normally I don’t really think about how many days into the year we are, and I definitely am not one of those people who starts counting down days till Christmas when we’re still in triple digits. This year, though, I am periodically looking at how far into the year we are because it’s a measure of my progress getting rid of unneeded clutter.

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For those of you who don’t know, I’ve embarked on what I’m calling my Simplicity Challenge or 365 Days to Simplicity. Read more about it here. You can follow my progress at my photoblog, Simplicity Challenge.

The fact that we are 112 days into the year means that I am almost one third of the way through my purge. I love knowing that I’ve gotten rid of that many things. So far it’s still pretty easy… which is probably a testament to how good it is that I’m doing this! If I am still able to find plenty of things to part with that don’t cause any real soul searching on my part, it really indicates how much miscellaneous junk I must have.

One interesting side effect for me in this process has been a lesser desire to purchase things (with the exception of yarn… that’s a whole different unsuccessful resolution!). I seem to evaluate potential purchases differently. I look at it with the eye of a purger. It isn’t intentional, but I find myself thinking “is this just one more thing I’m going to get rid of?” I think it’s a good perspective. My hope is that by the end of the year I will have really established this kind of thinking as a habit and a new view on things, and that I will carry that perspective with me for the rest of my life. I still crave less of the stuff… but, I still have 244 days to go (based on my knuckle math and the fact that it’s a leap year so I get a bonus purge day).

I really encourage anyone who isn’t doing this purge along with me, to join in now. Even if you are only starting now, you could still have 200+ less things by the end of the year. If you went easier and just got rid of one thing each week, you’d be over 30 items lighter. The thing I keep thinking about is how much stuff we all store, dust, move, etc. that we don’t need. If you think about it, it really is crazy that we pay to have space for all our stuff; whether we pay for a storage unit, or park our car outside and fill our garage, or stock things away in closets or wherever, we are paying for space for stuff we rarely use on the chance that someday we may want/need it. I want to be free of that and travel through life lighter.

Leave a comment and let me know if you’re participating or if you are doing some other journey to simplicity this year. I’d love to know how it’s going for people.

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