I haven't thrown out any of it.I've kept every last scrap.
I have a reason for keeping it all. When I started this 31 Things in 31 Days series I was worried. I was worried I wouldn't be able to bring myself to let go of anything from the sewing room. I thought it was full of useful stuff. Stuff that I WILL use.
I knew I could spend an entire day in the sewing room trying to get rid of things but in the end just mostly rearranging stuff. I knew that if I spent that much time and effort on getting nowhere I would feel like I had failed.
So I set an achievable goal. A goal that could be accomplished as quickly or slowly as I wished but it had to be done every single day. Find Just ONE thing every day to discard.
And that is what I did. I found one thing every day. Little things that individually I didn't think would make a difference.
I knew that if I just threw each thing out as I went I would feel as though I hadn't really accomplished anything. In my mind these things don't make any difference, so of course there won't be any impact on the sewing room clutter right?
So I've kept everything and before I throw it all out (or donate) I've piled it all up onto the cutting table. Every single last scrap, even that rude pen casing (I ditched the ink refill, there was no way that was staying in my sewing room).
With all those little things that don't make any difference all piled up together I can see just how much space they really do take up. I've left my meter rule (yard stick) in the shot for scale.
It's rather mind boggling to see just how much stuff there was. It's also rather astounding how very little of it could even be classified as useful.
The little things really do add up. I forget how true that is all the time. But one look at this junk pile and it is undeniable. I will keep discarding the small things that I think don't take up any room. The more decluttering I do the easier it gets. Keep going, less stuff, just one more thing. It doesn't have to be a big huge purge all at once.
Look at the impact that just one thing every day can have!
So what is the one thing I gave up on the 31st day?
I'm giving up the idea that the little things don't make any difference.