Wednesday, February 27, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 10 • Stationary

Welcome to Day 10 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 20 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 10, we'll be going through stationary, school supplies, and office supplies. This is a huge category for me, and it's difficult for me to part with items in this category.

Some thoughts on Day 10:

1) Some categories are way more difficult than others. After tidying CDs and DVDs yesterday, I thought I had gotten the hang of letting things go. It was so easy to release the CDs and DVDs that didn't spark joy. Today was a bit of a rude awakening as I was not able to let go of any notebooks, notepads, or any of the multitude of stationary I have in my collection. It was tough seeing myself keep item after item after item, even when I knew they didn't necessarily spark joy. It felt like such a waste to recycle or donate stationary that I have every intention of using up. I may need to revisit this category before the end of the 30 day challenge.

2) Taking the time to reflect as you tidy will bring up all sorts of emotions. We're only a third of the way through the tidying process, but I've already gone though a roller coaster of emotions. I've been thinking a lot about how I became a person who is so clingy to objects, and why I feel such anxiety when trying to let go of certain things. I'm glad I've taken the time to reflect though, as that's how change happens. I can see myself coming out of this 30 day tidying challenge as a better person, who is more appreciative of my home and the objects contained therein, not as focused on material things, and much more present.

3) When hanging onto something that doesn't spark joy, picture yourself coming across that item again in 5, 10, or 15 years. I was tempted to hang onto a lot of things today, like compass sets, a calligraphy set, a wax seal, and stamping supplies. These items are easy to squirrel away in a box for "one day," but then I pictured myself opening the box in 5, 10, or 15 years and going through the same struggle of whether to keep the items or just let them go. I didn't want to do that to my future self, and that was enough to give my current self permission to release these items.

Thank you for tuning into Day 10! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 11. :)

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