That means getting rid of clothes that don't fit or that I don't feel completely awesome in. Tossing old XXL race t-shirts from 5Ks that mean nothing to me. Scaling back my collection of notebooks from college and grad school or tossing them altogether. Filing away important paperwork, scanning some in to save on my computer and ruthlessly shredding the rest. Letting the weight lift from our shoulders, allowing space to open up and reclaiming a bit of freedom.
It does not mean spending money on organizing systems or wasting time on Pinterest or in the pages of Real Simple magazine. Yes, there will be some organizational victories, but mostly I'd like to just have fewer things to organize. The goal is not to re-arrange the stuff, but shrink it down.
So, here goes nothing. To be honest with you, I'm only feeling about 70% committed to this project but I hope that by putting it out there I'll feel guilty enough to see it through.
But this doesn't mean I have to get rid of my jars. They are both useful and beautiful.
A few sources of inspiration:
Liz's never-ending edit
The Happiness Project
Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life on Daily Om
This post from And Then We Saved
The January Cure from Apartment Therapy
Photo credits from top to bottom: 1) my own, 2) Apartment Therapy, 3) Real Simple, 4. Seventeenth & Irving