Over the years I have read many books and watched TV programmes about de-cluttering and have had clear outs, but it was only about a year and a half ago that I first read about the idea of throwing out one item a day. I have now been doing this for about 15 months and for me it has had the greatest impact. Rather than do it once a day, I will do it once a week (removing 7 items).
Do we really ever think about how many items we have? I have removed at least 420 items and the cupboards still have lots in them! Some things are easier to get rid of than others. My difficulties include books, magazines, vases and sentimental items. My OH is less of a hoarder than me and has embraced my new enthusiasm. During the winter he has been scanning into the computer all our old photographs. I have to say initially I was not very keen on this idea, but we all look at them more now they are more accessible. Since we have had a digital camera the majority of the photographs are only on the computer in any case.
I now have a rule that I can only bring something into the house if I remove something else. I have always enjoyed shopping and love visiting charity shops and car boot sales hunting for bargains. I still do this, but not quite so often, and things are now bought on less of a whim and weighed up against what I already have. As William Morris once said :-
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
A less known quote of his was " Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery but the very foundation of refinement: a sanded floor and whitewashed walls, and the green trees, and flowery meads, and living waters outside:"
That sounds like perfection to me!