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How can it be the end of January already? Those were my thoughts when I realized midway through last week that I would need to write my 30 x 12 update in just a few short days.
I didn’t panic for long though. You see, back on the first day of January I made a pretty smart decision–I put an empty box in the hallway study nook specifically for items to donate.
All month long while I have been putting my clothing away I have been weeding out my closet. I would hang up a shirt on an empty hanger and see the shirt right next to it and go, ” I really don’t like how that shirt fits,” and then take it off the hanger and place it in the donation box that is less than 10 feet from my closet.
When I went to count up the contents of my box I already had 14 items of clothing to count towards this month’s 30 items to toss.
That left me with 16 items to make my 30 tossed total goal for the month. I scanned the room I was in and saw two books I recently finished. I placed one in a bag for a friend and the other one in what I call my little library book bag. I am so thankful for finding Tyndale Rewards, it allows me to be a generous giver of books to my bookworm friends.
That now meant I was just over half way. I needed just 14 items more. The first area that came to mind was the built in shelving that surrounds our TV and gas fireplace.
I went to just one shelf and found 14 books that I haven’t opened in years. It generally isn’t like me to hang on to books for long as I rarely reread books. I think these had just been forgotten because they were on a shelf that isn’t really visible.
That brought me to my goal of 30 items tossed for this month.
The whole process was much easier than I thought it would be. I thought since I had spent 52 weeks last year decluttering one area of my home at a time, this year finding just 30 items each month would be hard!
Of course, it is just month one. Check back with me in month 10 of the year and I am sure I won’t have the same opinion.
What did you toss this month? let me know in the comment section below!
Don’t panic if you don’t have your 30 yet, you still have several days left to join in and toss 30 items in the month of January!
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Get all the details about the 30 times 12 challenge here.
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