I did it. I got rid of my 31 items for the month of October, and another 9 items because I added face cloths, a cordless phone, a couch, a dining room table, four dining room chairs, and an area rug to the condo.
I definitely want to keep going with the purging. Like pretty much anyone living the minimalism lifestyle will tell you, you really never stop purging. Things have a way of sneaking into your life/environment. It's always good to go through everything regularly to reassess their usefulness to you. I'm not necessarily going to reassess everything daily, but anytime I come across something I forgot I had I'll definitely immediately reconsider keeping it.
Here are photos of the items I got rid of during the month. Each photo counts as one thing even though in some of them, there are multiple items (like the 4 measuring cups I counted as 1 item). Some of these items look a little weird. So for you curious folk, here is a list of the items in order of appearance.
- trash can
- plastic pitcher
- Santa figurine (approximately 2-feet tall)
- assorted coloured pens
- measuring cups
- the trash bin part of a paper shredder I used to have
- sheets for a single sized mattress
- single sized inflatable mattress
- wall decoration (approximately 3-feet x 3-feet)
- hairdryer diffuser
- shower curtain
- face cloths
- green ukulele
- "skulls" ukulele
- orange sheer curtains
- desk organizer (I brought that to work though, but it's out of my home)
- sewing kit
- folding brush
- orphaned socks
- key chain
- wooden earrings I've never worn
- more earrings I've never worn
- over the door hooks
- cutting board
- body lotion (I had to put it into this glass container because the original bottle was broken. Now it's discoloured and gross.)
- knife block
- binder rings
- plastic bins
- jacket (My daughter wanted to keep the "skulls" ukulele, so this is the bonus item she's getting rid of to justify keeping the "skulls" ukulele)
So it was more difficult this time around. It was somewhat a quest to find the items to give away. It was easy until the ukuleles. From then on, I really had to work at it. I suppose that's a good thing. It means I have way less items that I don't really value.
Getting rid of the ukuleles was difficult for me. However, I never play those. I have 4 others that I'm keeping (3 better ones and my first ever). They're all beautiful to me in their own way, even the ones I'm letting go of. But realistically, I'll never play those. I suppose I could use them as decorations... But no, I've given them away.
I know the month isn't over yet. Tomorrow's the last day. But today is posting day. So I'm sharing my results now and added the required item for tomorrow.
I highly recommend going through this exercise.