I have wanted to clear out clutter for a while (years?) now. Today, I finally took two steps in that direction. First, I cleared out two giant trash bags’ worth of clothing from my closet. Second, I set up a recurring milk delivery order from a local dairy.
How does the second item relate to clutter? It means we’ll be putting out less recycling trash. Our milk will come in glass bottles that go back to the dairy. No more plastic milk cartons to recycle. As an added bonus, we’ll be spending our money with a local farmer.
These are two actions I have been wanting to take for at least five years. What finally made me take action today? Well generally speaking, my commitment to make changes for the better in my life and to document those changes on this blog helped. But more specifically, when I woke this morning, I simply decided that today was the day to start. Simply deciding to act can yield big dividends.
It also helped that I am doing this in baby steps. It’s hard to make big changes. Although I emptied out two trash bags’ worth of clothing from my closet, the closet is still stuffed with extra clothing. And I have still more items to get rid of that are stored in our attic.
I put a time limit on the clearing of clutter. And I told myself I did not have to finish it all today. Or even tomorrow. I’m going to save these sorts of activities for Sunday afternoons when my family is typically lazing around the house. It took no more than 20 minutes.
I can spend 20 minutes a week clearing out junk or taking other steps to reduce the amount of waste I bring into the house. Anyone can. It’s a good place to start.
Some reading I did this morning that helped motivate me:
Saving money through minimalism on Becoming Minimalist
Taking your own advice is the hardest pill to swallow on The Minimalists
Ten tips for a zero-waste household from YES! Magazine