It doesn't look like much in the photo, but this is what I donated:
Getting rid of all this stuff hardly seemed to leave a dent. It made me realise I had a long way to go if I really want a peaceful home, only surrounded by the items I love or find useful, rather than being suffocated by stuff that I never use or forgot I owned.
I heard some advice to tackle decluttering which seemed to make sense: if it all seems overwhelming, just start with one space. A cupboard, a drawer - whatever you can tackle in the time you have. To keep the momentum up, I went through a tray on my coffee table that held remotes, pens, a tissue box and an assortment of other crap. Having it all on a tray was my solution to containing the mess. I put things away in their rightful place, threw out papers, perished rubber bands and lots of little things that I had no use for (and no one else would). The results were great!
The next night I continued with the 'drawer' in my nightstand - the nightstand itself is a box with a shelf near the top and a bigger open space below. I had a large shallow rectangular container and a smaller one acting like a drawer, housing my lip balm, nail files, moisturiser, charging cords etc. Over time this had become full of random safety pins, receipts, hair pins etc and it desperately needed a clean out.
|After - not beautiful but clean and intentional, and the smaller container is empty!|
I had held on to all of these emails thinking that they contained valuable information that I wouldn't otherwise be able to access. But realistically, the chances of me reading these emails to stumble across a unique insight I can't find anywhere else on the web or in a book is just crazy. So I deleted hundreds and hundreds of emails, and unsubscribed to as many as I could. And it felt amazing! Now I can really focus on each email that comes into my inbox, rather than quickly scanning everything, deleting the obvious junk and only opening the ones I thought were important. Time will tell if I can keep it up, but it would be really amazing to keep the inbox to one screen of emails at all times.