Feast for Thought

Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

My family's Only-10-Boxes Challenge

A transferable job is a boon and a bane. One gets to live in different places, but it also means ever-changing neighbourhood and schools, besides repeated establishment of home infrastructure. As part of a sixth move (this time to the great NCR) in a period of 11 years , I just started on the job of classifying household things into "needed" / "give-away-when-usable" / "recycle".
If you are a 'goal-oriented minimalist' trying to de-clutter sincerely, you will find good company in efforts such as The 100 Things challenge - "How to Live With Just 100 Things".
As for us, the single dominant motivating factor is the comfort that we (sincerely try to) practise anti-consumerism, and this alone should, I hope, help us meet the challenge of fitting all packable household stuff into ten 2X2X2 trunks. (I hear horror stories of some family's 75-box inventory - what a morale-booster!)
For those who need inspiration to declutter, whether "physical, emotional, even temporal", 5 Steps to Clutter-Free Living may serve as a guide.
As to the present challenge, breathe easy. I'll leave an update when - and if - I complete numbering my boxes 1 to 10 (without having to insert the likes of 1a, 5j, 10z....)

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Blogger Indrani said...

So? All set to move out??

08 July, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

My wife is a product of Avinashilingam Home Science,
specialising in Home mgt. Recently I was wading thro' the thousands
of articles n items she has collected, preserved and hidden in
all possible nook and corner of our little home... was grinding my
teeth. Have written to the university asking for the syllabus
in Home mgt, to understand what exactly is their take on such
matters :-)

10 July, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Indrani..sort of getting prepared.
Kat..thanks for visiting. Home management is as much an art as a science! Do share the syllabus with us when you get it :)

10 July, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

Smart reply.. I liked that :-)

12 July, 2008  
Anonymous Mridula said...

Good luck :)

12 July, 2008  

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