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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.

Suggested Action Steps (follow along – we can do this together):

  • Take everything out of the closets and drawers and pile it on the bed (or someplace where you can go through it).
  • Try on every item while also looking for things that go together. Answer these questions: Does it fit? Does it make me feel good? Do I love how it looks on me? Have I worn it in the last six months?
  • If you said yes to at least THREE of these questions, the item goes in the “keep” pile. Everything else goes in the donate or throw away boxes/bags.
  • Once you have gone through every piece of clothing you should have a significantly smaller pile. Now, ask the same questions again, but this time, the only things that go in the “keep” pile are those where you answered ALL yeses.
  • From that smaller pile pick 10-12 items (or something less than 20) that you want to keep in your current season wardrobe capsule.
  • The remaining items (in the smallest keep pile) can be put away until next season when you will select items for that season’s capsule (or get rid of things).
  • All items that were purged from your wardrobe should be donated to charities, family or friends, or thrown out immediately. Do not wait to do this! Quick action is best. 
  • NOTE: If you find that you get down to barely anything left in your wardrobe, it’s time to shop for your current season capsule items. Search on Pinterest for some seasonal wardrobe capsule ideas and make a plan. Know exactly what you are looking for when you go shopping and get only that – staying within your number of items. You can do this! 

Physical Belongings in the Home

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.

Suggested Action Steps:

  • Think small. Don’t try and tackle an entire room in one day. That would send me over the edge. Pick small areas that you can easily go through in an afternoon and get rid of things.
  • Start with things that can be thrown away – paper, takeout containers you thought you might reuse, old plastic storage bings, sticky notes you never look at. You get the idea. Throw. That. Shit. Out.
  • Next, sort everything that remains in that area into donations, sell, photograph (and then toss), and keep. If you feel that you are overly attached to your belongings recruit a friend or two to do this with you. Tell them that you want them to be ruthless about helping you get rid of things.
  • You might want to get the book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” by Marie Kondo. It will be the best $10 you have ever spent (then donate the book to your library or give it to a friend who needs to follow your footsteps).

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!).

The Joy of Less – Kim Coupounas

The Art of Letting Go – The Minimalists

Sell Your Crap, Pay Your Debt, Do What You Love – Adam Baker

The Ten-Item Wardrobe – Jennifer L. Scott

How are you going to start off 2018 with letting go of things? Let me know in the comments.

About the Author Corrie Ann

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 also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer at

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