163 Things and Counting- Our Journey to Minimalism

163

A couple of weeks ago I decided to purge our house, we just have TOO MUCH. Well, then life happened (gotta hate that), and I didn’t get started until last week.

In that one week, I’ve cleared out 163 things. The breakdown:
*Donated two bags full of winter clothing to the shelter.
*Sold a huge lot of kid’s clothes, a breast pump, and some home décor on Facebook (made $80!)
*Threw out two garbage bags full of junk.

All of that, and I wasn’t even trying. Most of that was already packed away in boxes- because, ya know, I might need it someday! And once I came to terms with the fact that I probably won’t, it was so easy to just get it gone!

Up this week, my office/craft room. That one is going to be tough. I’m a bit of a hoarder in both of those departments and I can see this purge being a lot more difficult. My love of office and craft supplies clashing with my love of organization- the result is bound to not be so pretty!

Less Is More

Less

We have too much. Too much of just about everything.

Too many clothes, too many toys, too many shoes (58 at last count, and those are just mine. It’s a problem.), too many toys, too many books, too many loose papers, too many kitchen utensils, just too much of everything. The truth is, we’re drowning in it!

I came to this realization a long time ago, to be honest, but I was somehow able to push it to the back of my mind until recently. Right after Christmas it hit me like a ton of bricks. Probably because of the motherload of new toys, clothes, and trinkets that always hit my house around the holidays.

With six people, and two big dogs, there’s a lot of stuff. And it’s not important stuff. It’s not meaningful stuff. It’s just STUFF.

My house is (almost) always clean, but it’s never really tidy enough for my liking. I’m an organizational master when it comes to work, and time management, and things of the sort so the disorganizational disaster that is my home really gets to me after a while!

So, here’s the game plan. I’m going to go through my house, room-by-room and just GET RID OF IT. I’ll throw out what I need to, sell what I can, and donate a ton (literally). It’s not a big elaborate plan, but hey, it’s a start. There will be some things that are a huge challenge for me (like books. I hate to part with my books), but I think the end product will make it all worthwhile!

Will I ever be one of those minimalists who keeps exactly one week’s worth of clothing? No. (Although I greatly admire those who are!) But I am going to make this work for me, for my family.

The way I look at is this: Less stuff means less clutter. Less clutter means less time spent cleaning. Less cleaning means more time spent with my man, my babies, and my furbabies. And more peace of mind for myself.

And by posting this mission on the world wide web, I am hoping to make it stick, to hold myself accountable!

I’ve also been doing a bit of research on the matter, and here are a few of the links I fond especially useful and interesting:

How to Become Minimlist- 5 Methods + 1 – I love this one! The 100 things challenge caught my eye- but I know I want to get rid of way more than 100 things! So I plan to add my own twist and simply keep track of how many things leave my home, and let watching the number grow create it’s own motivation!

Downsizing 101: How We Got Rid of Half of Our Stuff – This writer gives a lot of practical examples and questions you should ask yourself when you decide to downsize, real things that real people can use in real life!

Minimalist Living With Children – I love her story of how she lives a minimalist life, even with children! As children tend to bring a lot of clutter to the house, they should be part of the solution too!

So, who else is downsizing or decluttering? Who has been down this path before me? Any tips and tricks to make it easier, or stories to share?