Tuesday, March 12, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 23 • Seasonal Items

Welcome to Day 23 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 7 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 23, we'll be tidying seasonal decor, Christmas items Halloween items, gift bags, gift wrap, and ribbons.

Some thoughts on Day 23:

1) Hubby and I were really into gift giving, which meant we built up a lot of gift giving paraphernalia. We had piles and piles and (dusty) piles of gift giving paraphernalia. Not only did we have gift wrap, ribbons, cards, tissue paper, bows, and gift bags, but we also had a ton of shopping bags from our huge shopping addiction. I was able to let go of the majority of these items--more than half--and I plan to store the balance in the locker. Hopefully, there will be room since we've let go of so much that used to reside there. I don't plan to use these supplies too frequently, since I mostly give cash, gift cards, experiences, or consumables now. It felt liberating to let go of almost all of this stuff. I kept a few "just in case" items, but if we don't use them in the next year or so, I'll let them go as well.

2) During this process, it's normal to feel frustration, sadness, guilt, shame, and even anger. I've felt a number of moments of frustration, but today, I felt a prolonged period of guilt, sadness, shame, and anger. There was a point, as I was pulling out everything from under the bed, that I was enveloped in a cloud (perhaps of dust). I felt paralyzed and didn't know if I could muster enough energy to continue with tidying today's subset of categories. I took it one moment at a time, sitting with the negative emotions as I learned during my 10-day meditation course. And slowly, I started feeling better. With every item I touched and tidied, the cloud lifted a tiny bit. The negative emotions ebbed and flowed but were ultimately displaced by feelings of accomplishment. If you feel any negative emotions during this process, it's important to observe them. And then, just keep going.

Thank you for tuning into Day 23! 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 24.

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