#the31dayclearaway is a decluttering activity and method, with the aim to decrease the number of possessions owned, by thoughtfully disposing, donating, recycling and selling them, over a 31 day period.
In the hopes of creating a small decluttering community, I will be hosting this activity via my new lifestyle-oriented instagram @sianlives, throughout January 2019. Whether you are at the beginning of a decluttering journey, a seasoned minimalist looking for a refresh, or just someone wanting to put their possessions in order, everyone is welcome to join in. And, depending on the level of decluttering you would like to do, there are two ways to get involved; The Overhaul or The Tidy Up.
The Overhaul is for those who feel like the amount of things they own is starting to overwhelm them. For this option, the amount of items that are cleared away corresponds to the day of the month. I.e. 1 item on the 1st, 2 items on the 2nd, 3 items on the 3rd… All the way up to 31 items on the 31st.
The Tidy Up is then for those who find themselves surrounded by bits and bobs, that have worked a way into their possessions over time, and want to give their space a spruce. This option involves clearing away 1 item a day, for 31 days.
Over the last couple of years, I have become increasingly interested in decluttering, intentional living and minimalism. Even more so after I noticed that clean, tidy and simplistic spaces have a positive impact on my mental health. Being in a space where I know exactly what is there, and where everything is or belongs, gives my stimulated mind one less thing to think about - which, when living with anxiety and depression, is a dream.
Even though I have significantly decreased the amount I own over the last year, donating bags and bags of clothes, books and more, I still have a fair bit left to do. Struggling with hoarding in my younger years and early teens has had long lasting effects on my ability to remove things from my life with ease, but I feel like this activity and method will set up my 2019 off on the right track. I can’t wait to get stuck in!
As I had such a wonderful response to this, then secret, declutter-with-me method on Twitter, I decided to get things underway a little earlier than initially planned, by getting everyone clued in now. A big thank you to Lizzie for helping come up with the name, and to everyone who expressed an interest in the method. Keep your eyes peeled on @sianlives, and I’ll see you on January 1st to get started…