Today marks week 21 of my decluttering project. So far I have gone through two containers from my old room, that I have kept at my sister’s house for a few years now. I have two more containers to go through. It feels amazing knowing that whatever I am getting rid of is going to benefit someone else.
All of this extra space has allowed me to fill the open spaces with things that I actually enjoy, and I know these possessions of mine brings me joy.
I used to be obsessed with incents, but when I moved into my boyfriend’s house, for some I didn’t even pack any of them with me. So I when I saw them at the bottom of this container. I decided it was best to let go of these, because I have shown myself that they sparked little joy. I figured after these years, they had lost their scent.
I feel so special to be nominated for this award. Thank you so much Yvonne for the nomination. Her blog is really insightful and inspirational, you should all check it out, joyfulchangewithyvonne.com!
The award is a pay-it-forward acknowledgement, from one blogger to another, that they appreciate your blog and promote others to check it out!
Here are the rules! Everyone that I wanted to nominate for this award, has just recently won this award. And I already nominated a bunch of people for my previous award, so I don’t want to overwhelm everyone with more questions.
Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog
Answer the 11 questions given to you
Nominate 11 other bloggers
Ask your nominees 11 questions
Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post
Who do you feel most comfortable with, and why? I feel most comfortable with my sister and my boyfriend, My sister because I grew up with her. When we were younger, I would spend my weekends in her room having a sleepover. We played Barbies, she would read us stories, we would watch movies together. We were always close when we were younger, and we are still close now, but sometimes it can be challenging since life is busy. I’m comfortable with my boyfriend because we have been together for five years, and we live together. We are comfortable telling each other our hopes and dreams with another. We can be vulnerable with each other.
Who is the kindest person you know? Describe their kindness. This one is challenging, because I know so many kind people. I would have to say my second cousin is the nicest person I know, because we are able to talk about all sorts of subjects. We give each other advice, and she has great things to say to me. And she even offered my boyfriend and I to spend a few nights at her, when our household was becoming too stressful for me. She thinks of the right things to say to me regarding feedback and encouragement to face my fears. I just enjoy talking to her so much.
What is your favorite blog that you’ve posted? Why? This one is challenging because I have written so many blog posts… I would probably say, Second Chance, the one where I got hit by a car, because I was inspiring other people to chase their dreams, and to never give up. If you would like to read it, here is the article. I was very lucky that day, because I walked away with only bruises.
I feel like there are probably other ones that I have enjoyed writing, but those were the first ones to come to mind.
If there was a way you could infuse an act of kindness habit into the everyday life of all people in the world, this habit as natural as the daily action of brushing their teeth, what would that kindness habit be? I would say spreading joy and positive vibes to others. It could be as simple as, “I like your scarf!” Or “You have a lovely smile, or eyes.” When we compliment people, it not only lifts other people’s spirits, but ourselves as well. Or even just let people know that they are doing a good job with raising their children, or any kind of service; let them know that you’re proud of them.
My Questions 1. What is your favourite three course meal? 2. What is something that makes you angry? 3. Would you rather have a magical machine that cleans your dishes, or washes your clothes? 4.What was the longest span of time you have gone without any sleep? 5. How would your closest person describe you? 6. What is something you regret? 7. What is something that you can’t go a day without doing? 8. What is the biggest struggle you have overcome? 9. If you had the ability to erase something that you did in the past, what would it be? 10. What do you think are your greatest strengths?
My grandparents gave me this shirt. I kept it as a workout shirt, but I had other shirts, and didn’t work out every day of the week to get to wear this shirt. This shirt didn’t seem like me so I never bothered wearing it.
But I am glad that I no longer have this shirt as a reminder of things I don’t wear. Hopefully this shirt will go to someone who is more appreciative of this than me.
Digital Declutter: I am still going through my emails and deleting the ones I no longer need.
I have loved all of the changes that I am making in my life. I am still sorting through my clothes. I had come across this one shirt that I haven’t worn in probably 15 years. It’s a cool shirt, but I haven’t worn it in awhile, and I have other clothes that I like so much more.
Digital Declutter: I uninstalled another app on my phone that I no longer use. It is an amazing feeling of letting all of the weight go of things I no longer use.
I am starting to feel the joy with slowly getting rid of things that no longer add any joy in my life. It is very freeing.
Although one of the saddest realization is that these items used to be money, and I spent on things that I thought would make me happy. But now that I am getting rid of them, I realized that in the end I wasn’t happy with that purchase. These things could have bought me a weekend getaway with my boyfriend. I learned that we don’t just spend things with money, but the hours of our lives. Before I buy something, I ask myself is this item really worth an x number of hours of life? If not, I don’t buy it. If it is, I ponder it over. I must not make any impulsive decisions about my spending habits.
Now that I am slowly removing the things that no longer sparks joy for me. I am starting to realize that I never want to go shopping for new clothes, at least not for a long time. I am happy just owning things that make me happy. I don’t have chase the “next best thing”. I don’t mind that I don’t have the latest phone, or the latest purse, or shoes, or anything else. I am happy with my “old and boring” brands of things.
I am starting to be more happy with everything I own. It helps me keep my house clean. Learning to be less, makes things less stressful, and easier to clean.
If you are starting your journey, feel free to share your journey in the comments below.
“As soon as you honour the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease.”
Eckhart Tolle is a famous a spiritual teacher. He also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has published several books discussing on life changing it is to stay present. In fact his The Power of Now is featured in the Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. But I started reading this book as a recommendation from one of my friends, that was reading this book.
What I love about this quote is how freeing it is. Whenever we spend time looking back in the past, or stressing out about the future, we are allowing ourselves to let the past or our future imprison us from the now. Eckhart Tolle reminds us is to remain in the now, and to not let anything disturb us from this present moment. When you finally decide to let go everything that holds you back, you will realize that all you really need is to be present.
Buddha’s definition of enlightenment, is the end of suffering. Once we begin to focus on the now, that is when you can finally free yourself. That is when we truly feel at peace, and happiness can finally blossom.
I love doing this challenge. I find it really freeing and it’s allowing me to ease in to the whole decluttering mission at a steady pace. I have tried to declutter so many times before, but I felt like I was getting stuck and couldn’t overcome the emotional attachment of things, like clothes. I still have a ton of clothes from years ago, so some of these clothes are too hard to let go.
So that’s where I came up with this whole idea of one item a day, which has been helping me. Like a lot. Because I can discard things slowly and really appreciate the transformation.
Like this shirt was a bit of a challenge to get rid of because I remember wearing it the first time I hung out with one of my friends. What made it difficult was that we don’t really hang out or talk much, we live in different cities now.
Even though this shirt feels a bit snug on me, it was still challenging to get rid of by donating it to someone else. And that’s okay, because than it means that someone else can find just as much joy as I did. And that is what makes this journey so joyous, because you’re getting rid of things so someone can enjoy these things, too. When you own less things that’s whenyou can truly appreciate what you have.