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Noteworthy Journey: Task 4
Simplicity: Lighten Your Load, Lighten Your Life

“The meanings we have assigned our possessions have become stronger than our ability to really feel. The Amazon delivery has replaced the hug, the instant gratification on social media has replaced real conversations, the lack of awareness feeds the disconnection from our bodies.”

— Lili Petit

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147 Comments

Nicole N

September 10, 2017 - 3:04pm

This is perfect timing!  We will be moving soon and I plan to fill my new house only with things that make me smile and that fit who I am (and my family is) right now!  So, we will be donating or selling a lot of what we have right now.

Penny N

August 15, 2017 - 8:29am

I am finally putting together my retirement shadow box even though I retired three years ago!  I have been putting off going through all of the stuff I collected over my 20 year tenure in the Navy.  It has been fun to relive those memories while sorting through everything.  I have set a personal goal to complete this by next Monday since that is when school starts up again for me.

Mary Jane B

August 14, 2017 - 4:47pm

Timing of this task was perfect! Yesterday I cleared out several boxes of accumulated school supplies that I had acquired over the years as a preschool teacher. I had two friends come over and take what they needed then I made a box for a family with children who enjoy doing crafts, a box to donate and 6 bags for the garbage! And then to see today’s task! I am diving into my closet to clean it up and donate clothes I no longer wear. I am feeling uncluttered and energized!

Inga O

August 9, 2017 - 2:03pm

Beautiful!

Mandy G

August 4, 2017 - 8:12am

It’s amazing how much stuff can bog you down. It’s so freeing to donate things that no longer bring joy into your own life but could bring joy into others.

Jodie H

August 4, 2017 - 8:06am

Its ok

Brenda P

August 3, 2017 - 10:26am

I’ve recently “purged” 39 years worth of stuff from my home.  After the kids growing up and moving out to have lives and families of their own, downsizing twice, it was time to get rid of things that made my home feel like a storage facility. Not exactly “minimalist” looking when you walk in, my home is filled with the things I love—comfy furniture, art I love to look at, books, books, books, and my dogs and cats.

Carol M 23624450

August 3, 2017 - 8:31am

Remove 27 things a month from my life and donate them to charity.

Tammey D

August 3, 2017 - 7:31am

This is a great task ..and we should do this more often

SerenityInYoga

August 2, 2017 - 9:09am

This is something I’ve been working on for a few months now. I feel overwhelmed and overshadowed by the amount of “stuff” we have. Every time I clear out and clean up, I feel lighter and less burdened.

Manya J

August 1, 2017 - 9:45am

Hotel living right now, stuff in storage will have to do that when get home in October
Cleaned storage shelf, got rid of some clothes.

Manya J

August 1, 2017 - 9:43am

So this was a little harder to accomplish as family and friends out of state.
So I talked to a friend for an hour.

Leigh P

July 31, 2017 - 8:54am

This is something that I do periodically.  It feels so good to let go of things that do not bring you joy.

maryann t

July 30, 2017 - 8:28am

I went through the kitchen cabinets and packed up boxes for Goodwill.  I feel lighter!

Kimberly H 1896111154

July 29, 2017 - 8:51pm

Cleared out my closet

Jodi S

July 29, 2017 - 8:45am

This is a great task for me today….I purged a lot of stuff for a neighborhood yard sale.

Magdala C

July 29, 2017 - 7:42am

It’s a slow process but I’ve been slowly downsizing. My closet was a great start and it’s still a work in progress.  But I am confident I will get back to basics.

Heidi C

July 29, 2017 - 7:41am

Someone mentioned setting an alarm so they could take 15 minutes a day to get rid of unneeded objects. I’m going to use this idea to help me as I also forget to do this.

Melissa B 1671137115

July 28, 2017 - 11:23pm

Fortunately, I went “Marie Kondo” on my possessions when I recently moved back to Oregon. This was a cinch!

N. Masani L

July 28, 2017 - 10:53pm

Today I did a digital clean up. Went through as much as I could of files I no longer needed. Next is to merge and create a new way of organizing income electronic data.

Jennifer B 876608452

July 28, 2017 - 8:55pm

That quote is perfect!

Patty E

July 28, 2017 - 8:02pm

I have already been doing this during the summer.  My house feels much more relaxed and cleaner.  My kids are doing it too!

Mandy C 569440641

July 28, 2017 - 4:30pm

I loved this I’ve been wanted to declutter and live life more simply!

Joyce J

July 28, 2017 - 10:23am

This task was easy for me as I’ve been practicing minimalism for years and have cleared out anything that has no real meaning for me many times. The difficult part is getting my husband & children to do the same but we are all a work in progress, right?

Donna R 523010227

July 28, 2017 - 9:54am

I have just sorted, donated, shared every possession that my mother and father owned.  My brothers and I kept very little.  It was eye opening to me.  I have chosen to live very simple, hoping our children do not have a lot to sort through when I pass.  I am currently working on this very task.

Mari G

July 28, 2017 - 9:53am

I found the KonMari Spark Joy book so helpful to reinforce what I already knew about decluttering but on a soul level.  It made it easier to part with objects by honoring them and having closure.  It’s also great to imagine your object living a happy life with someone else who’s using them as opposed to it being stored.  It also helps shed layers in other areas of your life.

Heather P 363232057

July 28, 2017 - 9:34am

As I go through this divorce, I feel liberated on several levels. I decided to sell everything so that there is very little to store at my mom’s. I sold my wedding band. Although my heart aches, it feels right to release all that doesn’t serve me.

Sharon S 62427155

July 28, 2017 - 7:34am

I recently got a dumpster delivered to my home and cleaned out years worth of items out of my basement that I do not need to keep. It was such a great feeling to clear out all the old things, like baby clothes and other items from times past. I am more interested in moving forward then staying stuck in the past, and letting go of old things really is very freeing.

maryann t 1249378127

July 28, 2017 - 7:33am

I just thought about this yesterday. Planning to go through room by room and donate whatever I haven’t used in a while or anything that no longer speaks to my soul!

Charlotte F

July 27, 2017 - 8:07pm

When I redid my bedroom, I was able to let go of so much stuff! It really has helped my room feel better and easier for me to function.

Ginger L

July 27, 2017 - 8:31am

I have gone through my house and let go of a lot of items that I do not need. I ask myself, “Does this ____ make me happy? Do I use it? Do I need it?” If the answers are no then I pass the items along. It is so refreshing to wake up and live in a decluttered and tidy house. It helps create a more peaceful and calm mindset.

Wendie H

July 25, 2017 - 9:59pm

I feel like decluttering really takes some time. So that I can go through and honestly evaluate what I have and what I don’t need.  There is a LOT in my house I don’t need. Clothes that no longer fit, stuff I don’t even know is here probably.  But the time, oh my goodness I seem to have less of it every day!  I work 2 full time jobs and volunteer for 2 non profits, take care of my ailing mother, and have a relationship and a cat.  I keep thinking that if I do 15 minutes a day, that’s all I need to do, but then I forget and don’t do that, either. I think I’ll set a separate alarm or something to spend 15 minutes on some area each day.  It can be overwhelming.

Adriana A

July 25, 2017 - 8:13pm

My husband and I shared some time and let go of “stuff ” that no longer serves us.  Things went on to online selling sites and Goodwill.

Valerie J

July 25, 2017 - 7:49pm

I’ve been learning to let go of “gifts” that i feel obligated to keep eventhough it become junk filling up a closet

Macayla L

July 25, 2017 - 7:02pm

I actually just did this about 2 weeks ago.  I read the novel, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” and really went through my possessions and got rid of everything that didn’t bring me joy.  This is a great task to do often as it really does declutter your soul.

shannon o

July 25, 2017 - 6:27pm

Objects themselves don’t hold meaning, our memories do! Only things that make me happy or are really useful get to stay. :)

Lori M

July 25, 2017 - 1:48pm

This is such a challenge for me.  I hold on to stuff to fill a void.  I need to find a better way to fill that void.

Linda H 594503634

July 25, 2017 - 11:38am

Since i had my kids about ten years, i have been cleaning out alot of my pre kids stuff. I feel like i still have so much more to do.

Elicia S

July 25, 2017 - 11:29am

Good idea I like to look at my crystal rocks

Lillith

July 24, 2017 - 10:38pm

Having been ill for quite a while, the habit learned from my mother and grandmothers, the art of the bi-yearly “spring cleaning” had gone by the wayside. Trying to keep up with cleaning, even the easiest of tasks that we take for granted, has finally caught up with me.

After more than a ten-year struggle to find even the most basic of helpful healthcare, I am have finally begun to find the help that is actually effective enough that I can start to regain a sense of structure and order. BUT after 12 years, you can imagine the clutter and disorganization that has accumulated.

And so, I am trying to do exactly what this task encourages: Find what feeds the light, release anything that is not helpful to forward progress.

To those of you who formulated this 21 task… THANK YOU!

Any view inward that assists in positive growth is never a waste of mind-time. Thank you for the inner sight. Sometimes cleaning starts with decluttering the mind and heart. Everything else is baggage.

wendy

July 23, 2017 - 6:19pm

I’ve been doing this in an ongoing manner… Moving out stuff that no longer “fits” me… However, I am struggling with the ability to instantly get anything I want from Amazon. This note really resonates with me. Amazon replacing the hug…

Melyssa S

July 23, 2017 - 6:05pm

I read somewhere recently that clutter is the outward manifestation of indecision and simplicity is the outward manifestation of intention.  I am looking forward to having only intentional possessions!

Julie W 595417135

July 23, 2017 - 11:10am

I am retiring soon after 36 years at my company and have been going through things at work.  Some I’ve saved for years and it was fun to read them again but they are now in the shred bin as I don’t want to bring much home.  I took pictures of some items and made a small Shuatterfly book which will also be the guest book at my retirement party.  This is my way of keeping some tangible memories without all the “stuff”.  One of my retirement activities will be to declutter every room and drawer in my house.  Whenever I’ve done that in the it feels so good, but then things begin to accumulate again.  I was at a yoga class yesterday and the instructor said she teaches some people who can’t afford yoga mats and such, to let her know if we have any to donate.  After class I gave her my yoga mat which made me feel good to think someone will be happy to receive it, another idea to keep in mind when deciding what to get rid of.  Your extras may be just what someone else needs or wants.

Cathy cs

July 22, 2017 - 7:38am

Yes.  I also read the Note, “unclutter the home, unclutter the heart.”
I’m actually in the process, which has been slow. This is a new motivator. Thank you.

Ashtree

July 21, 2017 - 9:55pm

I am currently living in a tiny house. Every piece of clutter gets in the way of function. It’s a good way to become very aware of how disconnected we become from the functionality and joy of the things we own, how in our culture we place the monetary, social, and sentimental value of an object above the intrinsic value of the object itself.

Stacey

July 21, 2017 - 5:33pm

I am a person who never liked clutter or disorganization…and I know many times I can go overboard on the organizing and cleaning…I am working on that….As I am learning, I try and fill “my space” with meaningful, objects that help me obtain serenity…..and when I do think it’s time to empty a space, I try to pay it forward (clothes, kid’s stuff, bedding, etc.)....I feel I’m killing 2 birds with 1 stone…..

AlyCatJ

July 21, 2017 - 4:19pm

In an effort to streamline and also create some poaitive energy, my partner and I did a deep sweep of our clothes. We ended up donating several pounds of clothes as well as random items that weren’t contributing to our household. It was very freeing!

Jennifer F 1789836209

July 19, 2017 - 5:10pm

I deeply believe that stuff carries energy - and we can be weighed down by the heaviness of that energy.  I often donate things .. only to find myself replacing them with others.  Therein lies my struggle.

wendy

July 23, 2017 - 6:24pm

This seems to be my cycle too… Donations followed by new purchases. To some extent I feel like I’m getting rid of old energy that no longer serves me and replacing it with fresh, more suitable energy. Other times I feel like the purchases are unjustified.

Janet J

July 19, 2017 - 11:17am

It is a continual process, this shedding of stuff. I try to remove one item for every item I bring home, but when it comes to craft supplies, I’m not very successful. Clothes though are easy to swap out - and it’s often easier to get rid of two or three items when purchasing something new.

Saige F

July 19, 2017 - 8:12am

I lightened my load by rejecting a job interview to a job that I didn’t want. I also threw out some boxes that were sitting in my living room for a long time empty.

Eve J

July 18, 2017 - 5:33pm

Finally got rid of boxes and containers that have been kept and never used for anything. I try to clean and lighten the load often because “stuff” accumulates energy that can drain you too

Tracy S

July 18, 2017 - 7:55am

This is something I have been working on for quite some time, and probably will continue for a while as well. However, I see a light at the end of the tunnel! I have been in the process of moving/renovating a new house, a smaller house, and we are finally at the unpacking stages. I am using this time to really soft through all these material belongings and reduce my possessions. There is a light!

Melyssa S

July 18, 2017 - 7:42am

For me this will be a more than one day process.  I read yesterday though that clutter is the outward manifestation of indecision and the simplicity and minimalism are the outward manifestations of intention. I really resonated with that statement. It makes it incredibly easier to imagine letting go of things I’ve carried with me for a long time. My intention is to have a simpler existence and only one of each item so that I can fully appreciate and utilize my possessions. I have also decided to cultivate a capsule wardrobe to make dressing less of a decision so that I could use my brain power for other things!

Emma S 1503320526

July 17, 2017 - 6:16pm

I started this task but it may take me a while to fully complete.  I unfortunately have attachments to the most random things, but I know in my heart finishing the task will be very rewarding to me.

Myrtle L

July 17, 2017 - 4:33pm

Excellent challenge! One I have always struggled doing. Feels good afterwards though!

Alison S

July 17, 2017 - 8:33am

My husband has been spearheading this effort in our home, and truly it does make my shoulders unhunch.  My teenage daughter is also good at reminding me to get rid of clothes that are dumpy, out of style, just not attractive on me even if I think they are comfortable.  Stylish comfort that makes me feel good is good.  Lazy, discolored, ill fitting, “i’ll sleep in it” comfort isn’t needed.

Debra M

July 16, 2017 - 10:24pm

This task helped me to think about letting go of clothing from my past that I no longer identify with that person. Time to let go and embrace the person that I am today and am still becoming

iris n

July 16, 2017 - 9:16pm

I’ve been working on simplifying for the last month. Every bit of encouragement is appreciated and helpful.  I’ve been going through photos lately and making stacks for nieces, nephews and children. Today, I finished the book for my step daughter. But, I hesitated looking at the memories in the pictures. Knowing she was ready to have the family photos, I decided to scan and keep a copy.  Rather than taking pictures out of the album I made her, I scanned the page with the notes written in the margin.

Flissa M

July 16, 2017 - 12:54pm

I made a contract with myself to take 5 things out of my closet!  It’s a start and also a motivation. I’m ready to take out 5 more tomorrow!!!
Thank you!!!

Radiah G

July 15, 2017 - 7:46pm

Purging!  So this week I cleaned out the linen closet. I found out that one had had some really old sheets that I need to get rid of. Two my daughter had a bed set she no longer wanted. I have bags of clothes in my garage I need to give away. It needs to go.  Before I go back to work in August I will complete my task. I think the biggest part is going to be my closet.  I lost a lot of weight recently so I need to get rid of items that are too big.  I know once I do this and organize things I will feel a whole lot better.

Carla H

July 15, 2017 - 11:45am

A few years ago, I was making a major move to another. I had an accident on the interstate while pulling a U-HAUL with almost everything I owned. I had a storage unit reserved in the town that I was headed to.
After the accident, I had to put my things in storage in the town where the accident happened. Since I had used my debit card to pay for everything,  the U-HAUL company had my bank info. They took all the money out of my account and padlocked my storage unit bc of the accident. My insurance covered the damage to the trailer, which was a flat tire (a man came to the scene and put a brand new tire on the trailer). Because they took all of the money, I wasn’t able to pay for the second month, so they sold all of my things and I lost things that I had worked for my whole life, as well as items handed down to me. My entire life was gone, everything that made my life what it was. My worth….
I ended up in the homeless shelter. I had never experienced such a low place in my life. I had many many lessons to learn. Way too many lessons all at once. I had been living in the world that I created and didn’t know about all the other worlds that exists. That’s another story for another time.
About my possessions, losing everything the way I did made me feel naked, confused about identity, in chaos. I felt like they had just walked up and ripped my life off of me. That left a gaping hole all the way through, a very painful wound.
But as I healed, which has taken years, I learned to travel light. I don’t look at very many things as ‘me possessions’. Nothing is permanent, nothing feels like it’s mine. I won’t hold on to things like I once did. Some wonderful ladies gave me a bed after they found out that I was sleeping on an air mattress. Then someone else gave me a love seat. Someone else sold me some nice rugs. God put ppl in my life that were able to give me things to supplement my comfort. Like I said previously, I travel light these days and I pray for the U-HAUL company bc of Exodus 14:14. God will fight my battles and I need to keep my peace and be still. I also want to pray for all the ppl that made money on my life that was ripped away.

Melissa K

July 15, 2017 - 8:39am

This is definitely a task I needed to do! I am so happy with the way I feel after one room, I’m thinking I will tackle another one!

Stephanie W

July 14, 2017 - 9:01pm

It took 1 minute to find 10 things to toss. I might make this a daily deal. Thanks!

Melissa P

July 14, 2017 - 6:21pm

Purging the clothes closet that I shared with my husband was therapeutic. My life is changing and I feel like I am in purgatory. Purging things that will soon be part of my past gave me a sense of acceptance of what is happening. I learned that taking a step forward will not devastate me and that I am strong and will survive this mess.

Amber N

July 14, 2017 - 11:31am

Thankfully rhi one is very easy for me… I’ve lived most of my life with this concept other than my children’s things. I feel I need to hold on to their memories for as long as possible, but am still slowly showing them it’s good to rid your life of clutter..
Regardless, I took a different approach and am ridding my rhough to of useless clutter. I’ve taken some moments to sort out if I’m being irrational or to worrisome and process and let it go. I feel like this one came on a perfect day ❤

Michelle V

July 13, 2017 - 5:45pm

I sold a sewing machine and cabinet that was only used once.  I’m learning to wait 24 hours before I buy anything and I feel great about giving everything from my kids closets and mine to local rescue mission!

Rachael C

July 11, 2017 - 7:56pm

I feel great! I spent some time this afternoon going through my closet and pulling out all the clothes that are too big for me now (I’ve lost 30 pounds!) and some that were just plain old. Now I have room in there for a fresh start. I know everything in there fits and is something I want to wear. There’s a pile by the door ready to go to goodwill! It was easy to choose…if it was L or XL, it went! If it was faded, stained, or had the hem coming out, it went! If I haven’t worn it yet this year, it went! And it didn’t even take a very long time. SO, what I learned is that I should stop putting off going through things that need purged, because it doesn’t take as long as I imagine it will. And I feel so much “lighter” afterward!

Little Duck

July 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

This could not have come at a more opportune moment. I’m currently in transition of moving to Austin Texas. We did some house hunting this past weekend and now it’s time to get to packing and figure out what I will be taking and what I will be purging. This is just what I need to clear my mind set new goals and start a new chapter.

Terry L

July 10, 2017 - 7:57am

This is so funny ....just a couple days ago I was thinking about decluttering my room and rearranging…guess what I’m doing today!

Julie M

July 9, 2017 - 7:24am

For the last month we have been down sizing . Downsizing our house and just adjusting our lifestyle to enjoy travel and nature as much as possible.

Mandy W

July 8, 2017 - 8:57pm

For the past year or so I’ve made simplifying and minimizing my life and my home. Living simply, less clutter, less waste.

Jana S

July 8, 2017 - 6:16pm

We have been working the past 3 years to lighten our load and live a more simple life. It time I purge, it gets easier. It feels a lot better to have less “stuff” weighing me down. Books and photo albums mean the most to me.

Tosca Y

July 8, 2017 - 12:54pm

This has actually been something me and my family have adopted permanently. We try to live as minimally as possible. I always love reminders to declutter still though. There’s always something to clean out :) even emotionally.

Debbie F

July 8, 2017 - 7:48am

I took boxes and have began to clear out the stuff. We have alot of stuff we dont need. I will donate most to a local thrift store that helps people in need in our community. The big stores like Goodwill are money machines and I cant send them any more stuff. I will feel better knowing that our things will help others. I have the whole family involved and it feels good.

Kimberly C

July 7, 2017 - 8:59pm

Less stuff renews my energy in that space. I feel less restricted, less tense. i become calm and creative

Leslie W

July 7, 2017 - 1:45pm

Less is more, more freedom and more peace.

Beth S

July 7, 2017 - 10:25am

I’m always de-cluttering my home. Trying to keep it simple yet homey. I like the accomplishment and peace it brings.

Molly L

July 7, 2017 - 8:34am

I came across my high school yearbooks and when I flipped one open I found 3 entries of people that I remember. One I’m still in contact with. That decided it - out they went.

Aimee P

July 7, 2017 - 8:29am

This one is more difficult to identify in myself.  I believe I’ll start with a Digital Detox period built into each day.  No phone/computer/social media/etc during meal times or after 8:00 p.m.  I believe this will help me see reality more clearly around me.

Michelle G 63595557

July 6, 2017 - 2:39pm

Things are just things

Garri B

July 6, 2017 - 2:32pm

I’m cleaning out my closet and getting rid of clothes that I have not worn in the last two years. There are a lot of really nice work dresses and outfits. It feels good to know that someone who needs them will have them next.

Takara B

July 6, 2017 - 12:44pm

Certainly, I dont spend too much time on social media however I have been using it as a crutch to express my emotions lately instead of going directly to to the individual

Barb C

July 6, 2017 - 12:31pm

My house is filled with useless items. We have been placing items into sell/donate boxes for several months now. I love the freeing feeling that it gives me.

Kathy O 13

July 6, 2017 - 12:30pm

I struggle with decluttering.  I had read to box up non-essential items from a room and store the boxes out of sight for a couple of weeks.  You probably won’t even be able to remember what’s in the boxes and it helps to break the attachment to the “stuff”. When I tried this, it completely worked!  Surprising were framed photos, certain one’s were no problem putting in the box while others screamed out to be rescued as soon as I dropped them in.  It gave me insight into some relationships, which I had no problem closing in the box.

Grace B

July 5, 2017 - 3:24pm

I’ve been doing this for a while now I’m moving house and keen to de-clutter. I find it hard to get rid of things sometimes but am striving to improve. Tomorow I aim to sort another box full of possessions.

KarenB

July 5, 2017 - 11:53am

This morning I went through my closet and set aside two bags of clothing to donate to Goodwill. I also went through the items on my dresser and found more items to donate. I made the bed and sprayed the room with rosewater, and it felt so amazing! I’m looking forward to sleeping in my bedroom tonight now that it’s been cleared.

AnnC

July 4, 2017 - 9:06am

Amazing how many things that once gave me joy are now laden with sadness, reminding me only of what has been lost. Today I am clearing out as much sadness as I can, and will see what is left when I am through.

irisj225

July 3, 2017 - 6:18pm

I will not and give away things I will not use and others can

Joy

July 3, 2017 - 10:09am

I have already been simplifying and purging items out of my life. It has been very healing and freeing doing so.

Mandy G 462675851

July 2, 2017 - 7:41am

I’ve been following The Minimalists on podcasts. They also have very helpful essays on their website. The theme I connect with is that they share pairing down possessions allows you to live a more meaningful life. It’s true. I’ve been pairing down for 7 months now and feel much more at peace. Stopping to think before I buy a new article of clothing or home item or electronic subscription and if it truly provides value to my life has been helpful to slow the cycle!

Machelle C

July 1, 2017 - 4:27pm

I just received the opening day of a course on doing a Digital Sabbatical - one of the places where I gather way too much clutter and comparison with others, and also that encourages me to go buy things I don’t need.

Deborah

July 1, 2017 - 4:05pm

This has always been a struggle for me. I collect unneeded items and have too much clutter. I periodically go through and donate things only to replace them with more. I especially have difficulty with the sentimental stuff. I went through my closet and donated some clothes but need to get rid of more. The next project will be junk drawers, kitchen items, and nick nacs. This is a good task for me to keep up with and slowly purge what I no longer need. It is a good feeling to be free of so much unessesary clutter. I will continue to work on this to make my space less cluttered and more organized and learn to simplify!

Glenda H

July 1, 2017 - 2:03pm

I turned off all social media noticed on my phone.

Bernie R

June 30, 2017 - 10:50pm

I decided some time ago that I would remove two things for every one new item that came into my home.

Pat B

June 30, 2017 - 7:02pm

I notice the older I get, the less clutter I can put up with - I give my kids things now that I think will mean something to them….

amylou09

June 30, 2017 - 1:56pm

i’m already in the process of purging quite a bit of items from my home, as i see it as more clutter than something i really have to have.

Stacey L

June 29, 2017 - 10:19pm

Cleaned out two “junk” drawers today and I feel better. This task made me realize that sometimes you have to let go of things to create more room for peace and joy in your life.

Andrea B 235414334

June 29, 2017 - 4:24pm

Always feels great. Less is more.

Deb G

June 29, 2017 - 1:05pm

Having cleared out several family homes, the sorting is initially painful. Then as time goes by, it’s easier to let go of family items. I only kept one thing of my grandfather’s, a hand saw with a wooden handle. I guess one item is ok to keep, as a memory

Christy B

June 29, 2017 - 9:29am

I have been wanting to get rid of things we don’t use or need and organize.  This is a good reminder to do so. I know I will so much better once it is done.  I just need to set small goals each week.  I will try to finish going through and cleaning out the closets and getting rid of things. I will try and have it done by next week.

knitterofhats

June 29, 2017 - 8:37am

Setting a goal - by the end of the week, will go thru PJ drawer and determine what I love and what feeds my soul. The rest is off to the Goodwill will the two bags I piled up last month.

Holly W

June 28, 2017 - 3:34pm

Working on traveling light~less is more

katheryn m

June 28, 2017 - 12:46pm

I have been working on this task for awhile now. I spent a lot of time grieving after the deaths of my husband and son.  More recently, I experienced a life-death situation of my own.  Now, since I’ve been sorting and de-cluttering ridding my life of so much unnecessary “stuff.”  It was amazing to discover how simplifying my surrounding area has made me have a calming feeling of peace and freedom.

Amanda A 148531489

June 28, 2017 - 8:29am

My daughter and I went through a closet. There were so many things I know I’ll never wear again I was holding on to. Holding onto the memories or some idea of myself that doesn’t fit anymore. I got rid of so much and got inspired to shop for who I am now, today, and dress in a way that fits who I am inside.

Holly W

June 28, 2017 - 8:11am

I simplified while on a trip~I went to gardens and museums taking pics instead of boutique shops~felt good to be free of buying stuff (I did a house clean of items before my trip)....

lovemybunchofcrazies

June 28, 2017 - 7:41am

I actually began this about 3 weeks ago. My family and I went through each room in our home clearing out items that no longer served our needs or brought us joy. We have a lot to friends and family that could use them and it’s a great feeling all around!

Hildur S

June 27, 2017 - 3:35pm

I did clear out my drawer last week :)

Kelly L

June 26, 2017 - 8:58pm

I have some old electronics that have piled up over the years that I’ve decided have to go. They are of no use and I feel as though I’ll be set free I. Some ways once they are gone. I also stopped “stocking up” on things and instead buy stuff that I need as I go so that all that I have is essentially what I need.

Linda By

June 25, 2017 - 1:26pm

I used to buy so many clothes that I couldn’t possibly wear them all, nor did they all look good on me. I have fewer items now but this task reminded me that it’s time to go through the closet again and donate what I don’t need.

Shannon S

June 24, 2017 - 11:28am

Removing the clutter I feel like a burden was lifted off my shoulders.  I had no idea how much better that this simple task could make me feel.

Janelle W

June 21, 2017 - 7:14am

Clearing the clutter off my desk makes it easier to see the pictures of my children but also allows my eyes to focus on the task at hand with less distraction.

Megan C

June 20, 2017 - 10:17pm

I had a pile of donate clothes just sitting there for at least a month. I finally brought it to a drop box!

Megan L

June 20, 2017 - 3:47pm

Well…. I’m having a yard sale and donating the rest to a charity! Feels great!

Lisa B 1510988570

June 19, 2017 - 6:55pm

I have stopped feeling that not having a lot of things means living in a state of lack. Not feeling that way, I appreciate what I do have and value things which are truly important - a hug from a friend, meaningful conversations and laughing with my boys.

Jennifer S

June 19, 2017 - 2:09pm

I can see from the comments below that many are going through the same process of decluttering.  It is a long, emotional and arduous chore.  What I have learned is that is so freeing.  It is so nice to find things where they belong and not always live in clutter.  Too much stuff =‘s too much stuff to deal with.  Having what you need really is enough.

Sandra K

June 16, 2017 - 12:54pm

I have been doing this for a while now, it feels like a never ending process, but a good one. It’s not just about clutter. I don’t keep broken things I can’t fix, things I don’t use and even books, because I probably never read them again. It takes longer than you think to really do it, but it feels so good to simplify!

Maria H

June 14, 2017 - 11:49am

I am currently clearing out my closet and selling/giving away clothes that don’t fit anymore. It is an emotionally taxing process but I feel so much better when I have the clutter away.

Robin B

June 14, 2017 - 8:48am

I am moving soon and as I pack I am trying to take only items that truly cause joy.  If it is not something I use, I donate or toss.  Less clutter for me means less time dealing with “stuff”

Jackie C

June 14, 2017 - 8:43am

I am in the process of doing this on a large scale. We just moved into our dream home, an old 1930 colonial. Both packing and unpacking, I consciously reviewed what was being brought into this new life.  I resisted the urge to just stuff things away. Instead, I’m looking at everything from clothes to kitchen items with an eye towards necessity or joy. A lot of stuff has been donated. I definitely feel lighter and less burdened.

Marsha W

June 13, 2017 - 1:34pm

I spent the afternoon going through my “memento” box and old photo albums.  I had a number of things from high school—my graduation announcement, an album of wallet-sized photos of my classmates, photos from events throughout my senior year, my senior yearbook.  High school was a terrible time for me yet here was a whole box of stuff dedicated to remembering those years of misery!?!  Gone!
I have photo albums and scrapbooks of my nephews’ early years.  There were some photos that made me smile, so I took them out of the scrapbooks.  I realized that I’d put these books together in case there was going to be some sort of “good auntie” test—if I had these things, then I’d pass.  I realized that anyone who is going to use that kind of test to judge someone else will always find a way to judge that person a failure.  I would fail that “good auntie” test no matter how wonderful the scrapbook.  Photos I love I kept, all else—Gone!
Twenty years worth of “memories” weighed about thirty-five pounds.  But discarding that thirty-five pounds removed tons of weight from my soul.  Good riddance.

Molly M

June 13, 2017 - 1:11pm

Its surprising whats hiding around. I have my space very organized but there are still some areas of clutter.. like old devices and photos that need organizing.. projects like that… that i need to face head on.  I can imagine it will feel so clearing when those piles are sorted and cleared

Debbie B

June 13, 2017 - 9:07am

This has been an ongoing task for me these past few months.  I am trying to purge unwanted/unneeded/unnecessary items.  Its a slow process, but I am getting there.  I never realized how much stuff, yes, stuff has been accumulated over the years.

CarolLee 365610371

June 11, 2017 - 3:21pm

I had been trying to buy a new rug for my office and just “settled” for one that may work.  It does not.  Thanks to this exercise, I am returning it and have already ordered a perfect one!  My office is important to me and I want to feel happy there, surrounded by things that I feel good about. I would rather be without than have something that isn’t beautiful.  “Have nothing around you that you do not believe to be beautiful or know to be useful”.  I know this is a tenet of Feng Shui, but the words belong to someone else.

Nickole R

June 11, 2017 - 11:18am

I’ve already made a practice of periodically purging and have a fairly minimal amount of belongings. This task motivated me to go through my room and toss papers, cd’s, trinkets and makeup that no longer serve me. Liberating!

Kay J

June 11, 2017 - 7:37am

Amazing how much stuff can be collected in such a little house. The purge has been going on for at least two years. My biggest holdup are the family heirlooms and gifts that I have received. When we went to visit family recently I brought something for each niece and nephew. The cedar chest is empty. Now to find a new home for the cedar chest which is also a family heirloom. So it goes in stages.

Hope Knosher

June 10, 2017 - 8:26am

Ok ~ so I have been doing just this for years but recently I have taken it to a new level.  I find though (if I am honest) that I ebb and flow with it.  I clean things out and then stuff seems to find its way back so I am really looking at that a little deeper. Maybe I get to over zealous with my cleaning out?  I actually was planning later this afternoon to go through all my clothes that aren’t in my closet presently sorting and giving away some more things and then my kitchen is next…..

Just Bethy

June 9, 2017 - 10:42am

Decided to clear out the closet of all my “skinny” clothes. I am never going to fit into them again. I finally accept that, and although I still walk and try to eat healthy, I am no longer setting goals for myself. That brings so much Peace. Just living my life. :)

Kt

June 9, 2017 - 8:00am

Me relationship has been on the outs since xmas. However everything he owns is still here. 90% of the things in this apt are his. Ive completely went thru overhauls pf everything i own multiple times in my life due to life experiences amd came here w what could fit into a car. We’ve collected many rocks and pieces of nature together but the guts pf this apt are his. I keep wanting to redo and remove in w all new energy. Its been hard still surrounded by him. I get in moods and dont care and stsrt cleaning up my areas anyways then stop when it feels im at a point of sgould i just box up all his stuff or sgould i wait for him to do this cathartic experience too for truelly if i complete this project i will have fully moved into this home making it mine and i dont want him to feel left out of it. At the same time this has been since xmas and he cant make up his mind. What do i do?

CarolLee 365610371

June 11, 2017 - 9:47am

Follow your true heart!  If you feel like you are only you without him, that may be a sign.  Or if you can hardly wait to see him and you blossom when you are together, that may be a sign.  The stuff is only a symbol.

Jodi P

June 9, 2017 - 7:49am

In recently moving into the entirety of my living space, I have been doing this almost daily.  I intend to take this perspective seasonally, and whenever I get bored with what I am seeing around me.

Lee P 437177540

June 8, 2017 - 6:10pm

I am constantly working on de-cluttering. It started after reading Marie Kondo’s book and at that time I completely de-cluttered everything in my apartment. But since getting married, my husband and I have different ideas on how to de-clutter. So, tonight I dedicated today’s task to focusing on lightening my own load. Always feels so cathartic. Thank you!

Kristan G

June 8, 2017 - 7:16am

I love this one! The two areas I choose to concentrate on was my desk area in my sun room (my create space) and my night stand (my beginning and end of my day space). I cleaned them off and started over. I held each item with my eyes closed to see what felt right. The two spaces make me smile and glow!

Caroline M

June 6, 2017 - 7:49pm

I do this a couple of time a year, feel good. Today I felt that I didn’t have much to clean. Good job on my side.

Susan C

June 6, 2017 - 3:29pm

I have never been a “stuff” person. My home is not cluttered with what nots. To me clutter is noisy so I stay cleaned out - only keeping those things that have real meaning.

Karen

June 6, 2017 - 10:34am

It a good feeling when you take some time to clear out some clutter. We tend to hold not to too many things that we really doing need.

Karen

June 6, 2017 - 9:59am

We all tend to hold on to things things that we really don’t need. It feels good to clean up and donate to others.

Traer P

June 5, 2017 - 7:33pm

Looked around my house, didn’t see much so had that “maybe I don’t have work to do in this area” moment-ha! Went out to my workshop/studio/garage.. there it is. Did some organizing.

Vanessa T

June 5, 2017 - 5:42pm

The task was very helpful.  I did late spring cleaning. Boxed up books I wanted but not now and put in storage. When I entered my room. The heaviness was gone. Freshness in the air. How lovely it is.

Ida S

June 3, 2017 - 6:57am

Removed wallpaper border and all pictures from dining room.  It feels more calm.

Holly W

May 31, 2017 - 12:02pm

My gifts from trips are my own photographs~I no longer purchase souvenirs….feels good to skip the tourist shops and enjoy nature instead.

RACHEL T

May 31, 2017 - 8:05am

I bought clothing recently and was going to keep the clothes I knew I wouldn’t wear “just in case” but decided to return them all. Which then made me feel better and it moved me to go through all of the clothes I have and get rid of any thing I don’t wear, doesn’t fit, don’t like, and it was a freeing feeling because I wasn’t hanging on to the thought of “just in case”. Simplicity is the greatest feeling. It replaces worry and burden for me!

Rebecca S

May 31, 2017 - 7:34am

Have been looking through my closet, if I haven’t worn something in the past 2 years it goes to Good Will. Much easier to go through things. Now, it is just making sure I don’t buy unneeded new things and start the clutter all over again.

Yvonne v

May 31, 2017 - 7:25am

I have been seriously decluttering since I moved almost 2 years ago.  It is truly a process but it does feel so good when you open a closet or drawer and have extra space.

Lulu U

May 30, 2017 - 4:30pm

Cleaned off the kitchen table, put stuff away, threw stuff out. A whole room is overwhelming at the moment.

Lennea F

May 30, 2017 - 10:12am

I’ve been downsizing for over a year now. My place has truly become a sanctuary now instead of a place I go to eat and sleep. It is my comfort place!

Jeanne M

May 28, 2017 - 2:57pm

Have been doing this for awhile now. If I don’t love it, it goes. I have decluttered so much and it feels amazing!

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