Time for a Spring clean – and to do some good!
Ever heard of the 30-Day Minimalist Challenge? Neither had I, until this week.
The basic premise is that over a period of 30 days, you get rid of unnecessary junk, clutter and perfectly-good-but-unused-items. In only a month, your home will be a more minimalist, clear, and organised space.
On Day 1, you have to get rid of one item. On Day 2, you get rid of two items. Day 3 is three items, and so on, meaning that over the course of 30 days, you end up clearing out an amazing 496 items!
So what can you get rid of? Well, anything really – clothes, shoes, kitchenware, furniture, books, DVDs… If it’s been lingering around, taken up space and you don’t use it, you can earmark it for the chop!
Even better, if your clutter is in perfectly good condition, it can be sent straight to a charity shop to raise money for good causes and do somebody else some good. It’s that old adage, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Why have it cluttering up your house when it might go to perfectly good use elsewhere?
A number of shoe shops, including Clarks, run shoe recycling schemes to raise money for international charities (Unicef in Clarks’ case). Your local drop-off point isn’t likely to be far away – my local shoe mender even has a deposit point outside his shop where you can drop off pairs of shoes to be re-used or recycled.
And if it’s not good enough to be used again by somebody else, you can get rid of your unused junk responsibly in order to avoid creating landfill. Council recycling points will take shabby old clothes, wooden or metal furniture, paper and cardboard, and even old electrical items – so it won’t be long before your toot can be broken down and rebuilt into something spectacular for somebody else to use.
Lastly, there’s nothing to stop you selling your unwanted items and recouping some of the money. Ebay and Gumtree are good places to sell your items online, and nothing beats a good old boot sale. Put the proceeds into a savings account, treat yourself to a meal out or donate them to your favourite charity!
This month, I’ll be taking the 30-Day Minimalist Challenge myself. My flat is not the largest, but I live by the principle of ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’ The trouble is, those ‘places’ are now bursting at the seams, and I could certainly do with passing along a few of my items to a better cause.
I’ve a feeling this is going to be easy for the first couple of weeks, but things will get tough around Day 17… Will I hit the magic 496? Maybe, maybe not – but I’m willing to give it a try! I’ll let you know how I do – and why not do it with me? Imagine the good our collective clearing power could do!
Guest post provided by Sarah Kelleway
Sarah is a freelance copywriter and owner of Juniper Copy. She specialises in producing web copy for a range of businesses, but enjoys any form of writing project. When she’s not typing away, Sarah can be found either hunting for treasure in charity shops, experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, or being smothered by her two over-sized and over-friendly cats.
You can find out more about Sarah and Juniper Copy at www.junipercopy.com.