Voici une idée intéressante, courageuse et surtout organisée et documentée : se débarrasser d’au moins une chose par jour. Sean Bonner vient de se lancer un défi pour l’année 2012 : se séparer d’un objet au moins par jour, pendant un an. Il peut jeter, recycler ou donner ces objets. Il ne peut s’en acheter qu’un par mois et le remplacement d’un objet se fait au prix de 2 objets similaires. L’idée me plaît bien mais l’organisation rigoureuse (fichier excel) me bloque un peu…
Preface: Towards the end of 2011 I started blogging about my desire to reduce the amount of “stuff” that had built up around me recently. (If you are curious to see the thought process you can read those posts here, here, here, here and here, but I’ll recap the important parts in a moment.) This isn’t actually a new thing for me, I’ve been writing and talking about it for sometime, but I was beginning to feel that over the last year or so things had gotten out of hand and I needed to take drastic measures to get them back on track. I’ve learned that having a ton of stuff around me really freaks me out and the more of it that piles up, the more shaky I get so I needed to come up with a plan to correct things. And so I did, and I created this year long challenge for myself which until today I didn’t have a name for – though now I do, welcome to The Year of Less.
Here’s the plan:
- Addition: I can only buy one new thing a month. That’s 12 for the entire year. This will force me to really consider what kind of purchases I’m making, and hopefully completely eliminate impulse buys.
- Subtraction: I need to get rid of (at least) one thing every day.
- Replacement: Should something I need break beyond repair or get lost somehow and I feel the need to replace it, I can only do so by getting rid of two similar items. This is a little bit of a loophole that allows me to add an item but still results in a net decrease in items I own.