Today I’ve made it through a whole week of throwing shit out (can someone get me a medal?). What you’re looking at below are items 22 through 28, including two books, a German psychology magazine (look at me, I can read in more than one language), a Christmas card, a cheap stocking stuffer watch, a weird giant sunscreen chapstick, and part of a blowdryer that I will never use because I don’t and will never know how to properly blow out my own hair. The picture was taken on Friday as I wanted to find the items for Day 6 and 7 before going out of town (look at me, I’m so dedicated to this experiment.) I took the two books to my office and they promptly found new homes, which made me happy. I think the magazine is a leftover from a German friend’s visit a couple of years ago. I kept it for three reasons: (1) I miss Germany and the people I love there, (2) I find psychology interesting (look at me, I’m so deep), and (3) I thought I’d read it ONE DAY.
Joshua Fields Millburn (one half of The Minimalists) calls one day two of the most dangerous words in the English language. That might be slightly dramatic but I smell what he’s cooking. Those two words are responsible for a large portion of unnecessary stuff we hold on to that clutters up our physical and mental space, which can’t be good for anyone.
It’s important to note that there is a difference between one day and for when items. One day refers to a fictitious future that will likely never come while for when refers to specific events that will very likely happen on an unknown date in the future. The salad tupperware from yesterday was for that one day when I might possibly, maybe, potentially bring my own salad to work again, while my waterproof duck boots are for when the streets of New York City are full of nasty slush after a snow storm (which just happened – point proven, the duck boots are staying.)
The Christmas card and the stocking stuffer watch were slightly difficult to let go of because people put thought into them (the card for sure, the watch maybe.) I’m sure more cards will follow throughout this experiment and beyond. I think I will scan the funniest, prettiest, and most thoughtful ones to honor and remember the people who put love and positive energy into them.