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The Big Spring Clean

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. My name is Michael and I have too much.

The Big Spring Clean at My Earth Garden

For most of my life, I have been what others might call a minimalist. As time has passed though, I kept more and more things, most of which didn’t really serve me well. Faced with the need to do some spring cleaning, I happened upon this blog post showing several somewhat embarrassing facts about how much stuff we have. That’s when I decided it was time for a big spring clean.

My partner and I have a great home, with more than enough room for us and our beloved pets. What we don’t have room for is all of the stuff I have accumulated, so I have decided to carefully go through everything that belongs to me and make the sometimes tough choices about what stays and what goes.

For the first day of this journey, I went for the biggest collection of “too much”, my clothes. There is no denying that I own too many clothes, so I decided if it hasn’t been worn in the last year, someone else needs it more than I do. With that standard in mind, here is my Day 1 list of items that will be tossed, donated, or sold:

  • 25 long-sleeve dress shirts
  • 7 short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 sport coat
  • misc. underwear and socks
  • 4 sweatshirts
  • 1 hoodie
  • 10 t-shirts
  • 1 suit
  • 4 jeans
  • 3 pants

Later this week I will tackle the office and the attic.

Do you have plans to do a spring cleaning and purge? Any advice on how I should tackle the rest of my tasks?

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