Effects of tossing even few/small items
I could have posted this on the Toss Ten thread, but it is not strictly reporting my score, so here goes. It is not a new idea by any means but here goes.
I haven't been tossing 10 every day but have been much more mindful and am tossing MORE. I have been tossing lot of clothes and some larger items. I was not making a big effort to find 10 little things or find or count a pencil or paper clip.
I have a drawer in bathroom in which I use another THING--a plastic organizer with compartments. In it I stored some things like perfume bottles, razors, some off-season makeup, scented votive bath candles (gifts) planned for use while soaking in tub--whatever. One thing that is key to this post is that the organizer thingy has multiple compartments and so it just seemed natural to, well, put THINGS in all of them. Also, it takes up the whole drawer, which is exactly what I wanted at the time. It was useful, of course, to keep the stuff from falling over and rattling in the drawer.
I recently re-evaluated some of the perfume & tossed. Decided that while I do take occasional leisurely tub baths, I but would never miss the glowing candles opportunity. I'm okay with watching that in the movies. Didn't need some of the makeup. And so on.
I won't say that the drawer is empty now, but, it no longer looks like the same drawer. Now I find myself thinking, maybe I don't need the other stuff in the drawer either, or now it can go somewhere else just as easily. If I only had 3 or 4 things in that drawer, I wouldn't need a drawer-sized organizer in it. If the organizer weren't there, different things would fit in the drawer, maybe things now harder to get to that I use more frequently. If I had an empty drawer, I might-- 1) leave it empty and know I have one if I need it 2) decide it is a convenient place to store something I have somewhere else and could use space there.
The point is, I tend to think little things aren't so much a problem if they don't seem to be bothering anything, because you can frequently store 10 pens as easily as 5, or 3 blush compacts as well as one, and so on, and a lot of times just leaving well enough alone is best--that is, so as not to be re-arranging your stuff endlessly.
But, once you do free up space for any reason, new possibilities--breathing space or new activities or new conveniences or clearing out old hobbies or habits--begin to suggest themselves to you. You realize that multiplying multiples lock you in or push you to create organizing strategies you might be able to do without. So I still keep trying to re-evaluate these multiples or stuff according to what really helps my quality of life.
So, collecting coupons, or stocking up on office supplies, or having a lovely array of lipsticks and makeups are all fine, as are threads about how to create notebooks or folders or drawers to organize them, when that is really what you need in your life, but it continually amazes me that if I take a minute to really look at some of this stuff, then upon reflection I might figure out that the problem is best solved, or some new life is obtained, by giving up, or even just reducing, the collection!