This is a little out of my normal posting content range, but it is relevant! In the midst of all the house chaos, I am doing the 30 Day Tiny House Challenge from Let's Build A Tiny House. Things are just too crazy to try and KonMari, so this at least helps me feel like I am making a dent. It is mainly focused on downsizing, but it also has challenges like "Buy nothing all day" or "Take a shower in under five minutes".
Create a list of the top 10 reasons you want to live tiny.
This was harder than I expected. There are a lot of good reasons to go tiny, but some of them are so similar that I think I could have condensed my list to five reasons.
1. Mental freedom - not feeling like I am owned by my possessions or by consumerism.
2. Environmental impact.
3. I want to spend less time cleaning and picking up, as well as the larger maintenance involved in house owning (such as cleaning your windows twice a year).
4. Save more money/spend less money. When you're on as tiny an income as I have, you have to manage your money very carefully. I've gotten much better at this, but could do better.
5. Spend my newfound free time on quality experiences, such as getting more exercise, traveling and learning a new language.
6. To not have the stress I get when I have too many possessions that aren't useful or bringing me joy.
7. Have better relationships. I feel like there have been times when I have been so inwardly focused (for example, sewing all the things!), or obsessed over things (for example, not having the right outfit to wear out) that prevent me from going out and spending time with people or even just having the mental space to care about others.
8. I want to feel good about my lifestyle. I talk a big game when it comes to the environmental and mental impact of living a certain way, but I struggle as much as most people with actually following through. I believe strongly in walking the talk and want to live up to my own standards.
9. Get outdoors more.
10. Find self-worth in my actions, not in my stuff.
Ditch the junk! Donate, sell, recycle, throw out 2 items.
I was more successful than I expected on this day.
1. I put a set of knives in a pile of items to give to my sister, who is getting her first apartment.
2. I listed a sewing pattern on Etsy.
3. I recycled the LL Bean catalog that came in the mail right away, rather than flip through it and then set it down somewhere where it would sit for a month.
4. I sold on Amazon a spare french press beaker we bought in the wrong size.
Recycle old newspapers and magazines.This was a tricky challenge. We don't get a newspaper and currently don't subscribe to magazines. I had recycled all my home decorator magazines earlier in the year. So instead I made an effort to go around the house and pick up the random to do lists, flyers and receipts and recycle those, as well as do some more unpacking and recycle the paper from that.