Lessons learnt during 15 days Diwali decluttering challenge

I had taken 15 days decluttering challenge this diwali. I decided to get rid of ten things a day till Diwali and I decided to donate things rather than throwing things away. The idea was to declutter my house of 150 things in just fifteen days. And by donating things, I wanted to put my unwanted things into use.

Was I successful in my challenge? Well, the answer is yes and no! Did I get rid of 150 things in fifteen days? Yes,I did. Was I able to donate ten things a day everyday? No, I couldn’t. I missed a day as I had to go out of town.I made up for the loss by donating twenty days the next day.

I have summed up the lessons learnt during my 15 days diwali decluttering challenge below:

  • The maximum number of things decluttered were clothes which made me realise how much money I have wasted on buying clothes.Some of the clothes I wore only 2-3 time after I bought them because they didn’t appeal so much later. Lesson learnt : Buy clothes only when you really need. No impulsive buying and no hanging on to clothes hoping that they will fit someday when I will lose some weight.
  • I managed to give away some of my books too which I’d thought would be the hardest thing for me to do. Lesson learnt: I am not going to read all the books I buy again and again.So keep only those books which you think you will read again and gift the rest to your friends.
  • I used to donate things to orphanage or beggars but I never gave my old things to any of friends until this challenge. But I found that my friends loved it when I gave them some of my books and cds. Lesson learnt: It’s ok to give your unwanted things to your friends if you think they might be useful for them. Just ask them if they would like to have that particular thing.
  • It was a challenge to give away ten things each day. Lesson learnt: Keep a donation box at home. Keep putting whatever you wish to donate into it and when the box gets full, give it away to someone needy or to some NGO.
  • The bigger challenge was whom to give away things to. Lesson learnt: Make a list of charity organisations, orphanages or old age homes in your area where you can donate things. Decide where you want to donate and declutter accordingly as per their needs.
  • I took the challenge of donating ten things a day and at times, finding things to donate was a challenge in itself. Lesson learnt: You don’t have to link decluttering with donating.It’s better to donate than throwing things away but donate only those things which are fit for use.Throw away the damaged or absolute junk.

We are most likely to do things when we take a challenge or make a commitment.It’s good to take a decluttering challenge once in a while but more important is to make decluttering a habit which is precisely what this decluttering challenge did for me.

Devoting just ten minutes everyday to decluttering can work wonders to your home.So what are you waiting for?

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15 days Diwali decluttering challenge: 10 things a day

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How often do we hang on to unwanted junk just in case we might need it someday in future? And that day might never come!

But we keep on buying new things and hang on to old ones. Adding more clutter in our homes and lives and making a dent in our bank accounts. And why is that? Is it because we link our happiness to the things we own or is it simply because we are just lazy?

Decluttering is needed at all levels to move on. Perhaps that’s why people are required to clean up their homes before an important festival in almost all religions with the sole purpose of inviting renewed energy in your lives.Be it Eid or Diwali or Christmas,the first step to celebrations is house cleaning.Getting rid of the old and the unwanted makes way for the new.

Diwali is around the corner and as always,we have started with cleaning up the house days in advance.But this year,I have decided to focus on decluttering my home instead of just cleaning it.

It’s almost fifteen days to go and I have decided to get rid of ten things a day till Diwali. That means, my house will be short of 150 unwanted things in just fifteen days. And no,I am not just going to throw away things.I am going to pick ten things everyday-things that have lost value for me but might be useful for someone else and give them away.

Leo Babauta mentioned in one of his posts that to be successful in any of your commitments, make it public.Then you are more likely to fulfil it.This is the reason I am posting my challenge in this post. Making my intentions public will remind me of my commitment and help me in achieving the desired end.I will post about the fifteen days Diwali decluttering challenge after it ends and share my experiences.

It is not impossible to make your life simpler.What it requires is a firm commitment and a belief in your capabilities.