Get rid of one thing this weekend

Try getting rid of one thing this weekend.

Start with one room in your house where you know you need to do some cleanup.

I think we all have somewhere in mind that could use a little less.

Start by making a single tiny step forward: find one thing in that place that you can remove forever.

Maybe it’s that cool sweater in your closet you’ve never worn, that phone game your friends are into but you never play, or that book you say you’ll read but never do.

It will feel hard to get rid of it! This thing may be something you bought yourself but have been meaning to use. It might be a gift from a loved one that you haven’t gotten around to enjoying yet.

Like I said on Wednesday. choosing less doesn’t mean not choosing. You’re making a decisive choice to remove something from your life. Not easy.

But if you haven’t used it in the past six months, chances are good you’re not going to use it in the future. And, if you ever do you need that thing again, you can probably buy it again online.

So, choose less and let it go from your life. Throw it away or donate it or give it to a friend.

Then, give yourself a pat on the back. Nice work!

In future posts, I’m going to make more specific recommendations about about where and how to choose less.

If you put them into action, start by taking a single tiny step forward.

Over time, you’ll build the mental muscles that will help you make easier decisions about what to keep and what to let go.

If you choose less this weekend, let me know what you get rid of and how you felt once you got rid of it. And, if you run into trouble in the process, let me know if you have questions or what I could write that might help.

This post is adapted from a weekday newsletter I wrote in April 2018, Choose Less.