Planning and saving for your wellness abroad is simple, but it's not easy. A part of this wellness journey must include decluttering your things bit by bit -- and after the tumultuous year of 2020, I'm giving you the entire year of 2021 to do it.
You're welcome (in my righteous superhero saving the day voice)!
If your home has cluttered spaces that looks much scarier than the image of my home above, don't worry . . . it took me years to minimize and organize. The American consumerist culture is one of the things that helped to get you there. According to this article, The U.S. is the largest advertisers in the world! In 2019, American advertising spending topped $239 billion . . . not million . . . BILL-EEEE-YONN (in my OMG voice) to make sure that you are aware of their brands, products, and services. The top advertising winners are Amazon ($6.9B), Comcast ($6.1B), AT&T ($5.5B), Proctor & Gamble ($4.3B), and Disney ($3.1B).
Along with that, social and class pressures to "Keep Up With The Joneses" have taught us that an accumulation of so many things will make us so very happy. But if you're like me and have come to the realization that less stuff and more life experiences bring you joy, then you'll want to begin your descent from the top of thing-ocity (and yes . . . I meant to spell it that way) in order to feel grounded to the foundation of your wellness.
So how do you start?
By having a conversation with yourself . . . yes . . . you are allowed to talk to yourself . . . to express what currently serves your purpose for a life abroad and what will not. I'm not saying that you need to get rid of all of your essentials that you use daily to make your current life here in America functional. I'm suggesting that you be honest with yourself about what you don't use and learn how to let them go by making a digital copy of them, selling them, or even faster and much more #COVID19 friendly, donate them to organizations here or here to get items to people in need.
Spatial Wellness is not only "clean line interior design", it gives physical, mental, and digital clarity that builds a gateway to my peace of mind. The creation of a functional home ecosystem of interconnected space not only allows me to save money, but it allows more room for my sanity. And so, without further ado (in my Nottingham, England British voice), here's the 140 things that I minimized to begin my wellness journey.
1. Alarm & Wall Clocks
2. Already Conquered & Never Played Video Games
3. Artwork That No Longer Speaks To You
4. Bent Utensils
5. Blankets & Comforters That Are Frayed
6. Board & Card Games That Are No Longer Used
7. Books - You Know What You Don't Read
8. Brooms with Worn & Frayed Bristles
9. Bumper Stickers - It's A Crime To Do This To Your Car
10. Bundles of Grocery Store Plastic & Paper Bags
11. Business Cards
12. Cables & Chargers From Devices You Don't Have
13. Cables & Chargers That Are Frayed or Don't Work
14. Calendars - Those Previous Years Are Gone!
15. Camcorder & Cameras
16. Candles You Don’t Like or Have Burnt Out
17. Cassette & VHS Tapes
20. Certificates, Awards & Diplomas
21. Clothing That Does Not Flatter Your Figure
22. Clothing That Does Not Match Your New Climate
23. Coffee & End Tables
24. Couches & Chairs
25. Cover Letters & Resumes
26. Cracked Dishes
27. Dead Batteries
28. Dead Plants
29. Dining Room Table Placemats
30. Dressers & Chests - Use Your Closet And Under Bed Storage
31. Dried Glues - Why Do We Save These Things?
32. Dried Nail Polish - Again.....WWWHHHYYY???
33. Dried Paint
34. Dry Cleaner Hangers & Bags
35. Dull Knives
36. Duplicate Tools
37. Dusty & Uninspiring Plastic Plants
39. Empty Boxes From Your Delivered Goods
40. Empty Jars & Containers
41. Empty Product Bottles & Containers
42. Excess Coasters
43. Excessive Office Supplies
44. Expired Coupons
45. Expired Food In The Pantry, Cabinets, Refrigerator & Freezer(s)
46. Expired Makeup - You Can Get Infections And Breakouts From This
47. Expired Medication - Walgreens and CVS have disposal cans for that
48. Falling Apart Belts - That Shit Is NOT Sexy!
49. Free & Promotional Items
50. Hard To Stack & Store Kitchen Pots & Pans
51. Hats That You Don’t Wear or Don’t Fit Your With Your Hair or Head
52. High School & College Transcripts (Digitize Them)
53. Holiday Cards (Digitize Them)
54. I No Longer Host Parties at My House Party Supplies & Décor
55. I Used To Do These Sports & Activities Paraphernalia
56. I Wish That I Can Fit These Clothes Clothing
57. Inaccurate Prescription Glasses & Contact Lenses
58. It Didn't Look Right On Me Makeup
59. It No Longer Smells Good Air Fresheners
60. Jewelry That Has Lost Its Mate
61. Jewelry That Is Broken, Has Tarnished or That You Don’t Wear
62. Junk Mail - Piled High On The Table Or Use unroll.me For Your Digital Inbox
63. Key Chains & Lanyards To Jobs You Used To Have
64. Keys To Places That You Used To Live
65. Keys To Storage Units That You Used To Have
66. Loose Change – Use It For Items You Need
67. Magazines - Save Some Trees!
68. Media Units - The Really Bulky Ones.
69. Medical Records - Many Hospitals Have Digital Records
70. Membership Cards – They Can All Be Stored On One App
71. Mismatch Containers & Lids
72. Mismatch Cutlery
73. Mops That Don’t Leave Your Floors Smelling Clean
74. Multiple Hair Combs & Brushes
75. No Longer Fluffy Pillows
76. No Longer Used Ice Cube Trays
77. Notebooks & Notepads - Digitize Your Lists With Google Keep
78. Official Documents – That Are No Longer Needed By Law
79. Old Toothbrushes
80. Only Worn Once Special Occasion Outfits, Dresses, & Suits
81. Paper Instructional Manuals – You Can Find Them All Online
82. Paper Warranties – Register A Warranty Online & Emailed To You
83. Pens & Pencils That Don’t Work Or You Don’t Use
84. Perfume & Cologne That No Longer Smell Good
85. Perfume & Cologne That You Don’t Like The Smell Of
86. Phone Books – Both Personal & City Distributed
87. Physical Photos - You Can Scan Them
88. Planners - Use Google Calendar & Google Keep
89. Plastic Pots for Plants That Are No Longer Alive
90. Plastic Straws - Do Your Part To Save The Environment
91. Receipts – You Can Scan Them With A Scanner Or An App
92. Remote Controls That You Don’t Have A Device To Match To
93. Restaurant Menus
94. Samples of Toiletries & Beauty Products
95. Scraps From Household & Artsy Projects
96. Scratched Glasses & Sunglasses
97. Scuffed & No Longer Used Phone Cases
98. Shelves & Bookcases
99. Single Gloves & Mittens
100. Single Socks
101. Skincare Items That Didn’t Work For Your Skin – It Happens
102. So Many Damn Souvenirs
103. Special Stationary For Actually Writing Letters
104. Sponges That Smell Worse Than Dirty Dish Water
105. Stained Rugs
106. Sticky Notes
107. Swim Wear That Doesn’t Flatter Your Figure
108. Takeout Cutlery
109. Takeout Sauce Packets
110. That Missing Piece Board Game
111. That Missing Piece Puzzle
112. That Moldy Or Overstuffed Shower Caddy
113. That Passed Down China Collection That No One Eats Off Of
114. That Thing That Catches All Things
115. That Used For One Month Blender
116. That Used For One Month Juicer
117. That Very Specific Single Use Kitchen Gadget
118. Those Extra Buttons To Clothes You No Longer Have
119. Too Many & The-Weather-Beat-Them-Up Umbrellas
120. Too Many Baking Sheets
121. Too Many Coffee Mugs
122. Too Many Gift Bags
123. Too Many Reusable Grocery Bags
124. Too Many Vases
125. Uncomfortable & Worn Out Shoes
126. Undergarments That Have Lived Past Their Prime
127. Underutilized Apps On Your Phone
128. Underutilized Streaming Subscription Services
129. Unrealistic To Use Purses & Wallets
130. Unused Cleaning Supplies
131. Unused Matches Or Lighters
132. Unused Or Broken Holiday Decorations
133. Unused Printers & Scanners
134. Unused Purses & Wallets
135. Unused Toys - When The Kids Aren't Looking
136. Unused, Mismatched & Bent Hangers
137. Unworn Watches
138. Walked On Too Many Times Bathroom Rugs
139. Warped Or Broken Hair Items
140. Worn or Donated Suitcases That You Never Use
So, why not a room-by-room checklist?
Because, decluttering is a system of down-sizing things that are not important and right-sizing things that are. It's not a popular activity, so taking on entire rooms can be overwhelming and not every household puts their things in the "designated" rooms that they are expected to be.
I'm proud of you for even trying!
You'll accomplish this doing things one step at a time. Decluttering your things is not easy - whether your journey is to move abroad or not. Enjoy the benefits of having less to maintain and more time to plan your experiences abroad and better mental health.
Do you need help?
I'm Stac_y With No E and I can show you how to declutter your schedule and your things so that you make dedicated time to your wellness - because that's exactly what I'm doing. I can teach you how to minimize your physical and digital belongings for your clarity.
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So, what's the first thing that you decluttered?
What room are you scared to get started in? Share so that others can learn as you did.
Thanks for taking this journey with me,