It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.
- Leo Babauta
I'm still working through how one goes about decluttering their life. Value - that's the word I have latched on to. I do understand that living a minimalist lifestyle means defining values and making them a priority. It's something most folks, including me, aren't very good at. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind. Eventually I'll have to work on evaluating how I spend my time and looking at the intangible parts of my life, but for now, I'm focusing on the physical stuff I own.
Jeff asked me yesterday, "Why did you choose to get rid of one third of your stuff?" Basically because I'm not hard core enough to go down to 100 items. At least not yet. Half seemed too extreme and a quarter didn't seem like enough so one third it was. I'm only a week in and I've only gone through my shoes and the junk drawer, but as I look at what I own and start thinking about editing out one third, it's surprisingly easy. Knowing that I have already decided to let one third go means that I look at what I really want. In some cases I can actually let go of more than one third. The best part is the overall quality of stuff I have is going up and I didn't have to buy a thing.
What do you think? Do you think you could go through your home this weekend and find 100 things to donate? Are you willing to put in the time to get rid of the clutter? Are you willing at least to consider it?