Taking the cue from Zen Habit’s post on de-cluttering, I’m happy to note that I’ve already started without realizing it:
- I’ve always used folders on my Outlook work email and very recently on my personal Gmail too, to clear my active inbox.
- I’ve stopped buying new books since I became a member of the Kuala Lumpur Library in 2009. I’ve also started borrowing from the massive collection of books and magazines that my bosses Devin and Mary have at the office.
- I finished going through my images and after a culling process, I’ve archived them on my mobile hard drive.
- I’ve cleared up my closet and now I know what I have in my wardrobe, but there’s still a lot of work there because I still have lots of clothes in bags under my bed.
I’ve made good progress. I do have a lot more to go through. I’m feeling all right though, not hyperventilating or anything, because the next step is pretty natural to me now – it’s time to set the purge deadline. That’s vital in order to make the clean slate approach work for me. It’s already July now, so why dont I use the year to my advantage? I’ll give myself 6 months to keep all my stuff in storage before I get rid of them for good. These will mainly be my clothes, old shoes and knick-knacks under my bed and in boxes around the apartment. To seal that deadline, I’m going to announce a Garage Sale in December!
By the time I welcome 2011 , I’ll be clutter-free. A clean slate to welcome the new year. How about that?