If you’re well into your journey into minimalism, it’s still possible that you may be holding onto at least one or two items about which you have felt unsure. As the following quotation points out, it may simply be that you have held onto stuff because you haven’t decided what to do with it.
“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions, fuelled by procrastination.”
– Christina Scalise
Finding a new cause will reinvigorate your verve for decluttering
A new fundraising venture encouraged me to strengthen my resolve, enabling me to tackle my final uncluttering tasks. Before Christmas, my daughter signed up for a school’s expedition with Camps International. In July 2018, she will participate in a 4-week expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. As a part of the challenge, she is expected to undertake a variety of fundraising activities to support the costs associated with the trip. Her fundraising will also contribute to the development activities of the organisation itself.
Camps International suggests the idea of car boot sales or eBay sales to help boost funds. Ironically, this also meant bringing new things into the house as my mum started uncluttering to help provide things we could sell! You can imagine how this made me feel – I wanted it gone as soon as possible!
Over the holidays, we began listing these items and also benefited from using our local “Things for Sale” Facebook group.
Get behind a new cause
Getting behind this new cause was the catalyst for us to look around to actively find more things we could relinquish. We did identify some things and – you know what – we haven’t missed them one bit.
Is there a cause that you could get behind, which might help you part with those final items you’ve been holding onto? The ’cause’ might simply be to boost your own savings (or to help others). You might want to save for a long-term goal such as a trip or special project.
Alternatively, you might decide to support a local, national or international charity, thus ensuring the proceeds from the sale of your unwanted stuff have gone to a good cause. Even better, your stuff has gone for good (both literally and metaphorically).
So, choose a cause that might reignite the spark and one the key tenets of minimalism: decluttering. Doing good will make you feel good. Feeling good will help you do good! *
Let me know what your ‘good cause’ might be!
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*This is based on Gretchen Rubin’s ‘do good, feel good’ approach (The Happiness Project)