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If you read my post about New Year, you know that I’m not making sweeping resolutions this year. But one of the things that I do intend to to do is make 2019 a year to clear!
A Year To Clear
When I was a free and single woman, and working as a dentist, I spent quite a lot of money. On clothes, handbags and shoes amongst many things. What’s more, after being all sizes from a size 12 to a size 20 over the past few years, I have cupboards bursting with clothes. I do go through them every now and again and try to be ruthless. But a lot of these clothes are classic styles that won’t date. So I am pretty loath to get rid, even if they don’t fit!
Even worse, now that I am a mother I know that I have gone overboard on buying clothes and toys for my little one. It is like I have stemmed the tide of buying for me and transferred the need for instant gratification into buying for my daughter.
Lastly, my sewing hobby has turned into a further addiction to lovely fabrics and haberdashery items. I now have a fabulous cloth stash. But I realise it is a problem.
Luckily, gone are the days when I used to venture out to the winter sales and buy lots of things for the sake of it, just to have the same clothes with tags still attached in my wardrobe 6 months later. I truly was addicted to spending.
What Could I Do?
Now, I love a really good sort out. But a lot of overwhelm comes from having too much. There is a lot to be said for just having enough, having balance. Letting go of the things that stand in the way of leading a simpler life.
A recent survey said that the average UK home has over £3500 of items that never get used that could be sold on eBay. I would love to know if I could raise that sort of cash, how about you?
I have realised that I cannot do it all in one go as that is far too overwhelming a task. So I am intending to do a little at a time. Something every day. To chip away at the mountain, until it becomes a habit to be clearing something out.
Today I have been doing a post Christmas clean. But I am also going to list two things a day on eBay. Or donate 2 things each day to charity. Taking a year to clear means that I will be getting rid of at least 700 items from my life. That may not be enough, but it will be a start.
As well as this, I am making a pledge to not buy anything unnecessary this year. Unless I can eat it or it is vital for my personal hygiene. I definitely won’t be buying any more fabric. And will only buy other sewing thread etc if I really need it for a project.
I have started to unsubscribe from all the emails trying to sell me things. I had made a start when trying to declutter my digital life last year, but hadn’t done it completely. I’d stayed on some of the fabric selling email lists. Well, I have decided that they are just too tempting.
So there we have it.
My not-a-new-year-resolution resolution. A year to clear up my cluttered life in bite size chunks.
Do you think you could take a year to clear out your life? I would love to hear your comments. Say what you think below, or let me know over on my social media channels.
Enjoyed this? Read about how I get on later in the year in Decluttering The Zero Waste Way
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