What should be your next step towards sustainability

I’ve been struggling lately. I had so many plans for #secondhandseptember. My list of things I wanted to achieve over the course of last month was two pages long. I was motivated and excited.

Then something happened, and to be perfectly honest, I’m still not sure what changed.

Work picked up and I was a little more stressed than usual, so maybe that affected my productivity. I spiraled into the social media black hole (as you know, from my previous post) and all my plans went out of the window.

Now, that I somewhat recovered and I found myself back in a productive mindset, I’ve been wondering how I can get back on track with my sustainable goals. I failed at #secondhandseptember as I spent quite a lot of money on frivolous things, and I bought new trash bins to help me with segregating my waste. My decluttering efforts have been on pause and my diet went back to heavily relying on animal products.

It’s nothing new. I’ve stumbled on my Path to Less before. But somehow, it feels more like I’m failing, and it’s not a feeling I’ve had before.

I have to assume it’s because I’ve been working on being more sustainable for over a year now, and maybe a part of me feels like I should be much better at this as I used to be.

The best thing to do after you fall off the wagon, is to get right back on it.

Which is exactly what I plan to do.

I want to finish the year strong. So one of my goals for this last quarter is to push my decluttering efforts forward.

I want to digitize some (if not all) of my papers and magazines that I’ve been holding onto, so I can finally throw them out to the recycling bin.

I also want to work on my cleaning habit. Admittedly, putting aside longer periods of time, so I can work through decluttering bigger spaces has been a problem, so I decided to address that pain point first. From now on, every time I’ll be moving to a different part of my apartment, I’ll be taking one item from my surroundings to either put it away where it belongs or to throw it out (or put it in the box for donations). I’m hoping that with that I’ll be able to get ahead and clean up my apartment better.

I don’t know how good I’ll be about that, but it is definitely worth a try.

Part of me is not happy with that plan. It doesn’t seem like a big enough commitment when there are so many other aspects of my life that still need improving. But the one thing I learned over the years is that if I want to achieve too much in too short period of time, I will burn out. Or worse: I will fail to meet my goals and I will get discouraged.

I’ve said it once before: this is too important to get discouraged, and so even small steps forward are good enough. And that’s why my next step towards being more sustainable, will be to focus on decluttering.

So please, wish me luck. And maybe look around you and find some aspect of your life that could be improved. And go for it!

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