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Get Rid of 10 Things Every Day

Here’s a simple technique that can simplify your life a lot. I’ve been doing it for about a year and it’s worked for me:

Every day, throw away 10 things.

I have an item on my schedule every day called "Throw 10" and I do my best to check it off every day. 

Here are my personal rules:

  • Obvious garbage doesn't count.
  • It still counts if you take a picture of it and then throw it away.
  • Mystery electrical cables from the junk drawer count.
  • Books I know I'm not going to read again count.
  • A file folder full of old health insurance forms from Belgium counts as one.

I drop a lot off at the Salvation Army.

10 a day seems to be the right number. It’s done a lot for me:

  • Less clutter
  • I know where things are
  • I spend less time spent trying to find things. If I don’t have it I realise it quickly and it's never been a problem.
  • I’m more organised

We’ve all heard stories about immigrant families who arrive with almost nothing and achieve amazing things. I think that the fact that they don’t have a lot of baggage actually helps them. Having fewer belongings helps with focus. It's a good reminder that it’s not what we have, but who we are.

That’s a fact that we’ve all thought about, but I’ve found this habit to be a helpful reminder.