Daily Decluttering: Day 1
Decluttering is a huge commitment, but it doesn't have to be all or nothing right outside of the gate. That works for some people, but not everyone - we're all unique. So, another way to work through the decluttering process is to purge one type of item, one room, and/or one category a day. Let's ease into this. Let's purge something that most people aren't going to miss first.
Yes, I want you to open that fearful catch-all drawer. The crap drawer. The sauce drawer. The random drawer. Whatever you call it. We all have it....or at least everyone I know has one. It's full of screws, sauce packets, chopstick and manuals for kitchen gadgets (some that we don't even have anymore).
Now, I know the argument. Those are something I'm going to need. So ask yourself - honestly and ruthlessly - "When was the last time you used one of these packets INSTEAD of your own bottle of sauce? And this time cannot be when you received the packets."
Didn't like your answer did you?
I know I didn't like mine. I'm always going out to eat (sadly realizes she is probably unhealthy) because when I've got finals and a book deadline it's just easier to get takeout. I love this place near me called "Joe's." If you live in PDX you've got to try it. I'll link it for you.
They are very thoughtful of their customer's needs when you order food to go. They always provide a stack of 3+ napkins and 2 ketchup packets. Now, when I get french fries I like to dip them in a homemade fry sauce. When I say homemade, what I really mean is a swirl of ranch (and or mayo) with ketchup. Disgusting right? Such a yummy disgusting!
I always end up with one packet left. My roommate doesn't dip at all. So we have 3 packets and nothing to do with them. I won't let her throw them away, that's food waste. And, not to rant about it today - I hate food waste.
I toss them into the drawer. I never use them again. Today, I challenge you to go to wherever you keep those pesky packets. Purge them. I'm not going to get mad if you just throw them away (at least not to your face) so if you need to - do it. Donate them. Leave them outside near the trash for the homeless or freegans. (We have a lot of that in Portland) Whatever it takes to get them out of the house.
Here is the thing with donating. If you leave something in your house, waiting for a donation, for more than a week it can become a part of your stuff again. Every week that passes in which you leave something in the house the more likely you are to integrate that item into your life again. It might be 'in the way' so you just toss the bag in a closet and forget about it. Someone could be cleaning and put the packets back in the drawer. So, if the only way to keep them 'gone' is to throw them away - do it. I hate saying that, but do it!
A great tip for cutting down on this waste is to request that no one gives you packets. If you know a place is likely to put them into your bag, just politely ask that they skip the sauce packets.
Here's my daily question for you; "What are you going to do with the space in that drawer? Or, is there any space yet?"
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