Step one was getting rid of things we didn't need. I read an inspiring blog recently about reducing one's footprint. This blogger believed that in order to live sustainably, we needed to reduce our consumption by 97%. 3 in 100. The way she saw it, if we could make only 3 trips out of 100 potential trips, buy 3 items out of every 100 items we considered buying, we would have 97 moments to enjoy. I like her math. The first 10% is easy, she said. I'm always up for a challenge, so I decided to try 25%. Out of 4 items, get rid of 1. This method worked very well. In fact, I might have reduced by more than 25%. It goes to show that sometimes we just need a different perspective.
Step two was good, old-fashioned cleaning. I might need to change the vacuum bag, but my floors look great. Unfortunately, I resorted to child-like behaviour and stuffed a few things into the deconstructed closet space. Out of sight, out of mind. At least until I'm ready for the next 25%.
Step three was getting in bed, with a light on, and feeling calm and relaxed. I enjoyed the feeling so much that I stayed up past midnight to finish a book. I might have only freed up 25 moments to enjoy, but it felt like 97.
The final step will be keeping my bedroom clean. Finishing the closet will certainly help. Continuing to purge will be a significant step. The real challenge will be reducing consumption. Don't buy that fabric, even if it would make great pillows. Do I really need another skirt? Perhaps I should employ my cousin's technique. No new hangers. If you want to buy something new, get rid of something old. I'm often the recipient of these old things. I may have to practice saying no. This is not an easy task for me, to be certain. A clean room and 97 moments to enjoy are a good incentive, though.