Where should I begin??? Oh that’s right…day 1!
Day 1: Closet…and clothes!
This was actually easier than I thought! I finished sorting through my clothes and getting rid of clothes that I no longer wear or ‘spark joy’ as Marie Kondo from her bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing would put it. I went through Bounmee’s belongings too since… well we share a closet. I did not throw away anything that belonged to Bounmee without his permission. In fact, I didn’t throw anything of his out, I let him do that honor.
Day 2: Clear out your inbox/email: To be honest… I didn’t get to this. Guilty as charge! I really need to go through my email and just unsubscribe to all those emails from stores and so forth. BUT- there is just way too much temptations in there (you shoppers know what I mean). I completely skipped this. I don’t know if it is consider cheating if I went ahead and open a new email account? I mean, my email is that bad, that I rather open a new account!!! Phew!!!
Day 3: Stay off line 24 hours: Seriously…I thought I would have the most difficult with this one! On the contrary, once I was offline, it was really liberating!!! Really!!! I had more time with the house, and I was present with my son!!! In case you are wondering, he is napping as I am scrambling to type this blog post; confession of a mother!
Day 4: Meditate, walk: OMG…I did this twice in a row!!! Do I get some sort of medals or something? No…but I will tell you, it feels ah-may-zhiing!!!! I need to sing hallelujah! I kid-you-not!!! As an introvert, meditation is comparable to a VACATION!!! I completed this exercise 2xs in a row and really should keep this up! After a whole year with a baby and no me-time; I feel like a new woman!!! Some days are easier than others depending on the amount of sleep I get as I prefer my walks/meditation around 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Day 5: Clean up Instagram account (since I do not have a facebook): I had a hard time with this one because it was so overwhelming that I just gave up before I even start.
Day 6: Don’t spend a dime for 24 hours: This one was pretty easy because I am focusing on savings, getting rid of my student loans and living a minimalistic life style! What really helped me is listening to the audio books: Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age, It’s a Financial Number and Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want. Listening to these books kept me on focus on my end result which was not spending!!!
Day 7: Clean cupboards/ pantry: Yes I did this!!! My pantry does not look organized by any means, but it is cleaned! I will post photos later. I tossed out many expired food. Don’t want to scare you, but Bounmee and I had some stuff from 2013 and 2014 sitting in there!!! Seriously, what year is it? lol
What I learned from this challenge:
1.) Is it weird that letting go and living a minimalistic lifestyle has made me a more grateful person??? It really has! It is eye opening that I have so much crap (for lack of a better word). I mean people in the 3rd world country would appreciate these things that are just collecting dust in my house. I went ahead and donated my goods to charity. Going to just put it in here that I am soooo grateful for everything that I have in my life, for the roof over my head, for the food on my table, for the many clothes I have I in my closet (even though us women always feel like we have nothing to wear).
2.) My life oddly feels more balance with less!!! Less is subjective here because my idea of less is probably different from your idea of less. But all in all, less is really more!!! The flow in my house is so much better; even Bounmee agrees with this. There is really some sort of magic in the process of tidying!
3.) A clean space makes you happier thus in turn, you attract better stuff!!! I am not kidding, with this feel-good-type-of- stuff AKA LAW OF ATTRACTION, I am just attracting more opportunities. I have made 3 sales in 1 week from both Ebay and Posh!!! I really don’t know how it works guy, the secret is just trust in the universe!!! Or it could be coincidence for those of you who are doubtful. But I rather side with the universe.
What I would have done differently:
I really think there is some truth in Marie Kondo’s approach of organizing by category and not location. See, I am just going to be flat-out-honest here, I tried to take the short cut here. My house is much too big, I work full time, plus I have a 1 year old, give me some leniency guys lol. I know most of you are probably thinking- Excuses, Excuses…sigh….I get it guys…
So I think if I am going to do it differently, I would def. go with Marie Kondo’s approach and hit this head on in 1 attempt: categories and not locations!!! But I wanted to be realistic with my time so I took the 7 day challenge which was much more do-able!