So here we are – the end of 2015. We have decluttered so much from our lives! We are feeling lighter every day with our attitude changes toward stuff, less commercialization in our daily lives, and simplicity/minimalism.
Some of the biggies:
- 11,827 items were removed from our house/garage. And to think, we thought the removal of 2015 would be difficult! Our modified goal of 10,000 was reached (thanks in part to our house flooding) and surpassed.
- 44 donation trips – we averaged one every 8.3 days! It has been so helpful having a donation box by the front door. When it fills, out it goes. We even had the Salvation Army do a pickup of large furniture items. So easy to do!
- We are afraid with the number of donations that the IRS will audit us! Thankfully we took pictures of every item donated!
- Documenting the number of items, while difficult, was really eye-opening. Who knew that we had over 400 unworking pens in the pen drawer?? I guess if you have a pen drawer, that should say something!
- Our closets and drawers open and close without fear of something falling on you!
- We decided to purchase just one item for each other for Christmas and stick to a $250 budget per person – this was a new concept for us. John asked for a fitbit surge (and it is a small item to have enter the house!) Barb asked for a kindle voyage. She has figured out how to borrow e-books from the library and it is small. Win Win! Now to finish going through the boxes of books in the garage!
We have decided to continue the challenge for 2016. As of today, we aren’t sure we will count for the entire year, but who knows. We were really surprised at the number of items in 2015.
Thank you Nourishing Minimalism for the push we needed to make this happen!