Several years ago, I challenged myself to find one thing in my home every day that no longer served me and get rid of it. It could be something to pass along to a friend or family member, something to donate to a charity, something to sell, or something to recycle or throw away.
Some days were easy. I could open a drawer and quickly spot a top that I passed over on three occasions because I didn't like how it looked or felt. Or notice a lone earring the mate of which was long gone. Or find a plastic storage container in the kitchen cabinet that was stained and whose lid didn't quite close any more. Although I didn't strive for more than one thing a day, if I saw multiple items in a single glance that needed to go, they went.
Some days were hard. I would look at a series of items and think, "Well, I might need that if..." or "Maybe I could use that for...." Even on the difficult days, though, I stuck with it and eventually ran across one or more things that could better serve somewhere else.
Some things I found were items that we could truly use and enjoy, but they needed some work to be functional again. I altered a garment or two. I replaced buttons. I repaired jewelry. I framed and hung on the walls art that had been sitting, unappreciated, in a closet.
What I found as things slowly started to trickle out of the house was that it gave me peace. It gave me breathing room that I didn't even realize that I needed. It was freeing to not have to wade through things that were "just ok" for me to find the things I really liked.
The beauty of one thing a day is how little time it takes. It means you don't have to set aside the time to clean out an entire closet, although there are days that you might get energized by your progress and want to do that, and that's great! But if you're consistent with just one thing a day, then by the end of November you will have found 30 items that you don't need and that can better serve elsewhere.
As I mentioned, it's been several years since I followed this approach to slowly clearing the clutter from my home. As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, and I am overwhelmed by all I have to be thankful for, I am reinstating this practice for myself. I don't know how long it will last, but I intend to do it throughout the month of November, at least. I expect it to bring about that same sense of peace, and I look forward to sharing the things that are still good--just not needed in my home--with others who may truly enjoy them.
I challenge you to do the same in your home!