Lindsay Berg


Lindsay Berg

So, I need to figure out what I own.

If you didn't read my last post, a quick update. Hawaii trip for almost 2 weeks, was going to pack 1/2 the amount of clothes as days we were there. I swear the MINUTE I wrote that, it fell out of my head. Not only did I forget to try but if I had only 1/3 of our Airbnbs in Hawaii had laundry in the unit and I didn't want to waste any time sitting doing laundry. I definitely wore most of the clothes I brought, luckily.

So, I am trying something new. I am only going to make purchases that bring my life value and joy (good luck to me, but I really want this...). I am a spender. I’ve alluded to that before. I’ve never gotten really serious about taking inventory of the stuff, the crap, that I own. So it’s started. I am going to take inventory of all the things, all my things. I’ve created a handful of spreadsheets with a bunch of categories in each. For example, I have a closet and clothing inventory spreadsheet that has a tab for each type of clothing like tops, bottoms, workout clothes, undergarments.. you get the picture. I realized that I was trying to curate a wardrobe without seriously considering what I already had. So from here on out, I’m going to decide how many of each thing I actually need. If I decide I need 4 pairs of jeans in my wardrobe, the only time I can buy a new pair is when I get rid of one of the existing 4 pairs whether it be because it was worn out or I got tired of it and gave it to a friend or family member. It made me sick to learn that the average American household has more than 300,000 items in it.

This doesn’t mean I won’t be buying things, but I’ll only purchase things that provide my life with value and/or joy, and only things that I use. My goal is to get rid of those things and possessions that I have “just in case” or that I don’t use. This includes things that have sentimental value. I got a dress a few years ago-a gift from my aunt and grandma. It’s comfy and I’ve worn it a handful of times but honestly, I probably won’t wear it again. This has so much sentimental value because it was one of the last gifts gifted to me by my grandmother. I am having a hard time letting go of this dress.

This being said, I listened to a podcast by The Minimalists the other day that was all about sentimental items and why it’s so difficult to get rid of them. They recommended putting it in the trash or in a to go pile and sleep on it. Start small and get a feel for when you let go of a little bit, it’s not that big of a deal and it won’t hurt as big of a deal. The memories aren’t in the stuff, it’s in yourself, in ourselves. They also suggest setting a deadline and be willing to let go. If you can’t sell it within two weeks, then get rid of it. What’s the worst that could happen? What’s the best that could happen?

This all being said, I’m going to stay accountable to myself by posting all the things through this journey on the blog.