Hello, 2018! To get started, I want to wish you a Happy New Year! My celebration was quiet. It seems the older I get the more introspective the night before the new year becomes. I wrote my annual letter to myself – dated a year in advance, I thanked the Universe for everything I experienced throughout the year, and I watched the ball drop in Time Square (on tv – I’m not that crazy!).
I am in the middle of reading (again) “The Art of Non-Conformity” by Chris Guillebeau. The sub-title of the book is what resonates with me: “Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World.” It just so happens that as the new year was approaching I was reading chapter 9, “Radical Exclusion and the Quest for Abundance.” Specifically, I was reading about decluttering and letting go of things. This is the whole point of the Clean Body Project, so you know I was closely tuned in. It cemented for me an aspect of CBP I will focus on the first quarter of the year – getting rid of physical stuff.
I started this process at the beginning of 2017. We were trying to move out of state and Anthony and I wanted to move as little as possible. We are still moving, and it will happen this year, so I think my purging habits will continue and this time I’m going deep.
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There are a lot of areas to consider when trying to declutter a life. And I’m not only talking about things. Sure most of us have way too much physical crap, however, we also carry around too much self-doubt, toxic relationships, extra weight around the middle, consumer debt, just to name a few areas. It’s a lot to cover. I will touch on all of these areas, and more, in the coming year; however, I have decided that I will focus on the following two areas in the first quarter of the year:
I am going to pare down my wardrobe to 12 items that I can mix and match. Over the course of the year, I will create four capsule wardrobes – one for each season – each having 12 or fewer items. I don’t have a large wardrobe now, and to be honest it mostly consists of oversized t-shirts, sweats, leggings and yoga pants. I’m going to go through all of my current items (by the end of January) and purge. I will buy what needs to be replaced or added, but will not go over the 12 item mark for the season (currently winter in Los Angeles). The 12 items don’t include shoes, undergarments, pajamas or accessories – all of which I have very few of.
Since we will move by my husband’s birthday, April 16, the first three months of the year will be all about getting rid of stuff. That gives me 15 weeks to go through five rooms and three large closets in our house (tiny place, huh?) Totally doable. I will have piles of donations, sell, and keep, with the last pile being the smallest. I don’t think we will get down to 100 things, like David Michael Bruno’s project, but we will have significantly fewer things and we will save a fortune on moving costs.
None of this will be easy, but sometimes we must face the hard truths to get what we want out of life. To help motivate us I found some great Ted Talks that hammer home the concepts. They are in no particular order, but “The Joy of Less,” and “The Art of Letting Go” are pretty darn good. Here are the links to make it easy for you (you’re welcome!).
How are you going to start off 2018 with letting go of things? Let me know in the comments.
Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is the CEO and founder of Gray Ink Media.