Get rid of your stuff without putting a burden on someone or something else? Sign me up! Britt at Tiny Ambitions created a mindful decluttering challenge called Minimize in May. It spoke to me for a lot of reasons.
It’s important work. (I still have too much stuff).
It’s more manageable. (You can only fail the #MinsGame so many times before you start to feel like a decluttering flunkie.)
It aligns with my values. (I spend a lot of time worrying about the eco-side of decluttering.)
Now that the month is up, I figured I would share what I decluttered and why.
Ray-Ban Sunnies on Poshmark
The sunglasses were perfect. Just not on my face. So I put them on Poshmark to see what I could fetch for them. It’s true. I’m still on Poshmark. I am also starting to dabble in local reselling sites, like Bookoo and Offer Up. Even though Poshmark takes a fairly significant cut and keeps raising their shipping rates, I’m a pretty big fan of not having to plan sketchy meetups in the back of a neighborhood church parking lot.
While I probably could have sold them for more than what I did, they were a gift. There was no sunk cost for me to pointlessly ponder over. Instead, I was excited to have an opportunity to send these babies off to a home where they would be rocked all summer. Plus, sending another $60 to our mortgage didn’t hurt either. My one regret is that I didn’t get to see the buyer open the package. Well, all three packages, seeing as I sent the sunnies Russian nesting doll style in Amazon boxes. Better safe than sorry!
Garden Gear on Nextdoor
Nextdoor is equal parts judgemental and judgemental. I seriously don’t know how people spend any length of time on it. I can’t imagine it’s particular to my suburb, but maybe it is. People lose their cool over everything from teachers’ salaries to $14 robberies. Never mind the emergency alert that I got last week to let me know that someone thought they saw a turtle.
But I am learning that Nextdoor can be a pretty great tool for ditching household items. I posted a trellis that we weren’t using, and it was snatched up within a day. I definitely think that is something that I will be doing a lot more of as we clean out our garage and garden shed this summer, but you had better believe I’m taking notifications off my phone and my email.
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A Rose in the Compost
I am not ready to minimize a lot of things. I am a sucker for sentiment. While memories certainly don’t take up residence in my things, I know it what it’s like to really miss something when you lose someone. That being said, I know part of why decluttering is so important is because it means being willing to do hard work. For me, hard work is deeply intertwined with sentiment. So even though this probably doesn’t quite fit the bill of the challenge Britt created, it was my biggest victory.
I composted a pink rose from my nana’s funeral.
While the ache is a little less, I still miss her every day. Whenever I’m really sad, I run my fingers over a necklace she gave me or flip through photos. The rose meant something, but it didn’t mean what I thought. She adored pink roses, but she had no connection to this one. Instead, I was simply holding onto it as a reminder of my sadness, of my loss. It was time to let it go.
More Thoughts on Minimalism
I have a long way to go when it comes to clutter. But I am taking steps in the right direction. I’m starting to really understand that minimalism isn’t about going without all things; it’s about going without the things that don’t matter. This challenge was the perfect way to kick off summer. I’m feeling accomplished and excited to get rid of much, much more.
So Tell Me..What have you parted with lately? What are you still holding onto?