I know I told you I would share the results of the purge on a genre basis, but meh. I’ve never been much for follow-through on this blog – why start now?
On the bright side, I did take inventory of my belongings again. To be precise, it was on the second day of my officially WiFi-less world. I awoke at a dark and early 5:00 AM and jumped out of bed, ready to.. well.. be bored until I came up with something.
That something turned out to be a crazed rushing around my apartment, scribbling of notes like a mad scientist, moving furniture around to make sure nothing was missed, breaking a sweat and remembering how severely out of shape I am, the quick jaunt of showering and prepping for the day, and finally, scurrying off to work and transferring all my lunatic scribbles to the gorgeous OCD beauty of excel spreadsheets.
See the gorgeousness??
My fresh inventory revealed that I have passed my goal of purging 50% of my belongings. To be specific…
STATS SO FAR
ORIGINAL COUNT: 756
ITEMS STAYING: 371
ITEMS PURGED: 385
PERCENTAGE PURGED: 50.93%
But it also revealed my lack of contentedness with this number. 371 still feels a bit.. extra.
I know, I know.
371 belongings isn’t really that much. This is especially true in comparison to the 300,000 estimated for the average American household.
It still feels claustrophobic.
And each one of those 371 items feels like a weight on my feet, something tethering me to the earth and restraining me from reaching potential. Any potential. All potential.
So, since I suddenly have all this free time from lack of WiFi and I’ve always been a bit dramatic (okay, a lot dramatic), I’ve decided to really analyze every single belonging, and purge until I get that number below the 300 mark.
It’s likely that when I hit this number, I’ll still feel like I have too much and want to downsize again. I recognize that I have a problem.
I just think it’s a good problem to have.
And as of now, 300 seems like a good number to work towards.
So here’s what I want to do: for the next five days, I will tackle a room or my beloved Ronnie (my Toyota RAV4, if you’re new around these parts).
Let’s see if I can get that number down by 71 items… starting:
I’m at work right now.
Speaking of, I better get back to that.