Simple Challenge Week 1

January 7, 2013 in Simple Living Weekly Challenges by Lorilee Lippincott

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Simple living and minimalism … really intentional living, is about habits.  We choose the way we want to live, we practice it, and it becomes a habit.  And a good (intentional) habit is a powerful and amazing thing!

In both my simple living journey, and in what I want to share with you, I want to do more than declutter… I want you to make simple living practices a habit.

With this in mind I am going to try something new with the Simple Challenges.  Starting this week each of the 4 weeks of the month will have a different challenge theme. I will post on the theme every Monday for that week.  The themes will be the same every month but the challenges will change as you simplify and grow.  Hopefully we will all make some great habits together :)

Ready for the first challenge?

Week 1 is for Trash (or Recycle), and Giveaway

This week, could you set a goal for trash and giveaway?  For the trash, this isn’t everyday trash, this is stuff in your house that you don’t need… and no one else can use either.

Need some ideas?

  1. Since the year just ended, what about going through old files and shredding documents from last year you didn’t need?
  2. Put away Christmas decorations yet?  Do you really need to keep them all?  How about donate the ones that don’t hold the place of ‘love’ in your collection?
  3. Old towels or old cloths (might go for trash or giveaway depending on condition).  These are both areas new things may have been added to in the last few weeks.

On a personal note, Christmas decorations don’t hold much space in our house.  I love Christmas, but the decorations for it are something that sits in storage for 11 months out of the year… and I have almost no space for storage.  Because fake trees take up tons of space and I don’t like the idea of real trees we have tried out different tree options in the past few years.  Our Christmas decorations include a few indoor strings of lights, some bead strings, stockings for the kids, and some special family decorations.  It all fits in a small box that can slide into a corner.

Could you go through your things and find 4 bags full (maybe 2 bags for trash and 2 bags for giveaway)?

Extra points if you can find ways to (giveaway) recycle some items that would usually be seen as trash.  Make the final stop at the garbage can and a donation spot so 4 bags are out of your house for good.

… or you can do more, just set a goal and go hunting :)

(I did 3 bags giveaway and 1 bag trash last Sunday right before we left town.  We are currently in Minnesota for Bryon’s work and will be here for a few more weeks)

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