How to Clear 520 Things of Clutter

How to Clear 520 Things of Clutter - Boxes on ShelvesHow to Clear 520 Things of Clutter. In one year, I have a goal – to clear 520 things that I feel are clutter – no longer used, required or liked. Do you feel that too much stuff is overwhelming sometimes? I read an interesting blurb in an Ikea catalogue titled ‘The Myth of Minimalism’ …

“that ‘having too much stuff’ is the single biggest cause of stress at home. But paring down much might actually cause more anxiety than relief.”

I have thought about this post a lot. I want to make it clear that I am very grateful for all that I have, as I am well aware that many people do without. I didn’t want this come across as though – what a problem you have, you can afford stuff. I’m a regular gal, working for a wage that keeps a roof over my head, food on the table and the opportunity to buy things. Buy things … this is where I got thinking – about what items I do have that are truly practical and/or I love. The necessities and a few niceties, but there are still things that I can do without.

With that in mind, the plan is to remove 10 things of clutter a week x 52 weeks = 520 things.

Do you want to join me? Starting next TUESDAY – 1st January.

We craft, therefore we have stuff (should that be a poster!?) and I have come to realise that I’ll never be a minimalist – but there are other items of clutter and areas of the house that could benefit from a purge. Do you look around and feel the same? Even if you are not a craft enthusiast – are you reading this because there is some area that you really think needs a good tidy?

The idea, is to actually remove the things of clutter – Either by selling (Ebay or Gumtree), donating (op shops, willing family and friends, or others) or discarding appropriately and NOT bring ‘replacement’ items into the equation.

Of course there are going to be scenarios where there will probably be the need to buy a new one of something, so in that case, replace the item, but remember to still find another to remove. The idea is to Clear 520 Things of Clutter, not just replace with new ones!

I have previously done the “Does it Spark Joy?” Marie Kondo method and managed to successfully pare down numerous items, but I still feel like I could do more. Even if you are just beginning to declutter your space, I’m thinking just clearing 10 things of clutter a week is manageable and will add up week by week. This is a bit of an experiment for me too – and personally I like to have some sort of gauge of where I’m at.

To tally the clearing of clutter, I have made up a 520 Things Sheet to help keep on track, if you are up for it. There is just the one sheet with the dates for the first half of the year only. I also figure doing one sheet at a time won’t seem so overwhelming all at once (maybe?)  Topics of what area to clear the clutter from will change weekly. Visit back on Tuesdays to see the topic.

(Come the latter half of the year, the next sheet will be available for download.)

Click on the sheet below – You can download it and Print it out. Stick it somewhere to remind you!

520 Things Tally Sheet

From this day forth, Tuesday’s will be know as TIDY TUESDAY’S!

You may like to get the whole family involved and each person adds a tally mark for that week, or maybe each person in the family could have their own sheet. For a family of four, at the end of the year (if you have removed 10 things a week each) – that adds up to 2080 items of clutter from the house!

Whichever way you do it, I hope that you will join me every Tuesday for the topic of clutter clearing. It won’t be all ruthlessly throwing away things you truly need or like, but removing 10 things of clutter a week I hope will be manageable. The goal is also to consider that next purchase as to whether it’s even needed.

I hope that it will be a reminder of spending habits and also to become more mindful of consumption.

I’ll still be posting Craft Tutorials in between too – there can be a happy balance between the two! I already have many craft items that I will try to incorporate, rather than buying new.

Be thankful for what you have.

See you back on the 1st for the first step towards How to Clear 520 Things of Clutter.

Happy New Year!

Claire

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