In honor of Organization Week, I am following the makeunder process and exfoliating first.*
For this exfoliation, I decided to go big. Throw out 100 things challenge big.
Because let’s be honest: the simplest organization occurs when we have less “stuff” in the first place.
Over the last five years I’ve developed a pretty good rule of thumb for items: I need to need, use, or love them in order to keep them. Anything that doesn’t fit one of these rules is a candidate for exfoliation (which means I toss out, donate, pass on, or recycle the items – depending on their potential).
In addition, I’ve had an intention to have only really nice stuff for the last five years as well. So exfoliating has also allowed me to fulfill this intention little by little, even when I was tight on cash.
By exfoliating the items that were not-so-nice, I managed to increase the percentage of my stuff that was nice.
So without further ado, let’s get to the items, shall we?
(Confession: totally forgot to add the 99th shirt – Mr. Lively is exfoliating another two that I didn’t include in the photo because I counted wrong. Doh.)
As with past challenges, I did my best to exfoliate things in batches, when possible. So you’ll notice that there are several pairs of earrings bunched together instead of counted separately.
This helps me to really make more substantial progress with clutter and allows me to be a better editor overall.
I gotta be honest, it feels great looking around the apartment now. Less clutter in drawers or in the closet really does feel like I have “more” nice stuff.
I have found that the more difficult things to let go of are often the things that I later appreciate exfoliating the most.
Exfoliating Tip: If anyone has trouble letting go of things, especially clothing, my suggestion is to put the items you are on the fence about in a box for three months. If you haven’t gone back to the box to retrieve any items, donate the box at the end of the three month period.
And of course, if you find yourself similarly inspired to go through your home and do your own challenge, please share your post link back here so we can all check it out!
* Unfamiliar with the makeunder process? You can check out the four steps here.