Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thing a Day Giveaway

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!

6 comments:

  1. I love this and haven't done it in a while either. Do you do it just yourself or have everyone in the house pick one thing each day?

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    1. In the past I did it myself, and that was my intention this time too. However, it would be a good practice for every member of my household. I might try it for a week with everyone and see how that goes!

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  2. This is an excellent idea! Challenge accepted!

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  3. Day 11 update: I have given away about 6 items to new homes, thrown away numerous items that wouldn't be useful to anyone (Hello, food storage container who's lid no longer fits properly!). I've also profited $73 by selling two items of clothing and a like-new toy that was never played with but opened. I still have a number of items that will be headed to the local home for women and children, where the residents have first pick of donated goods for their family and anything left goes into a resale shop to benefit the facility. Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. Wow, you're rocking it! That's inspiring! Keep up the great work!

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