buzz word these days. If you just
declutter your home, life will become a happy place for you and your
family. Of course that isn’t completely
accurate, but decluttering is an important part in the simplicity process.
MINIMALISM – although if minimalism is the direction you and your family want
to go, more power to you. In fact, I
will say that I would love to be a minimalist, but my family does not entirely
agree with everything I say about minimalism, so we need to compromise. That is what family is about, right,
compromise. If you are single, this is
all about your decisions, but if you have other people in your household, make
sure you involve them in this process…otherwise it doesn’t work.
I have. I could not, for the life of me,
figure out why year after year I was still giving away garbage bags full of
stuff. Well, part of that reason is
because we have growing children, each year they grow out of clothes and toys,
and we are able to move forward, but there is another problem…and I would bet
you have this problem too.
of the Slow Your Home Podcast a few months ago.
Brooke said she had heard a quote from Joshua Becker and when she said
it, it resonated with me completely.
just declutter, DE-OWN.
the stuff that is no longer working, necessary, fitting, etc. However, if you then let that same stuff (in
newer working order) come back into your home, you have accomplished nothing.
come with more stuff, but there is also the everyday, when you make a *quick*
trip to Target to get some more all-purpose spray, but walk out with a new top,
three toys for the kids, that thing you thought you might need at some point,
and look it is on sale. $100 later, you
have a bunch more stuff that you probably do not need, and yet you now bring it
home and try to find a place for it.
not decluttering. Instead you are just
moving stuff around trying to make it look aesthetically pleasing, but not
actually finding that lightness that we talked about yesterday.
books all the time. My kids use a
literature based homeschool curriculum.
We have a lot of books. In fact,
I often receive books in the mail from publishers to review. It is a wonderful thing, free books. But, you know what, a lot of these books are
not books that I love and will read again.
So why am I holding onto them?
Honestly, I have a hard time saying that I won’t need something again
(this will bleed into the next example), and books are something that I want to
fill my home with. However, I am usually
able to say that I won’t read that book again, and just because my kids might
one day also want to read that book is not a reason I should hold onto it.
to do is stop at the library and check it out – also, funny thing about
libraries, they are filled with books.
If I find that I am repeatedly checking out one specific book, I can
purchase it and add it to my collection, but it if is a one off, well then it
can stay at the library.
We have a lot of dishes. I
*think* that we are going to entertain, so obviously we need all these
dishes. In reality we only use all these
dishes a couple times each year, so we store them. And we don’t even store them well, they are
sitting on top of my armoire as we speak – see!
|please ignore the tablecloth and headphones…Lucy isn’t quite ready to leave these things alone so they go where she cannot reach them!|
entertaining, but I’m not. And more
often, if we are entertaining, there are a lot of kids involved and we go the
paper plate route – it makes more sense for my family. Now, you may entertain every week with
beautiful tablescapes, and you need those dishes. I do not.
So this weekend I am going to pack them up and donate them to Goodwill.
occurrence, and that can be true when it comes to kids’ clothes and toys. There are things that can always be weeded
out of your home. But, when you go
through your home to declutter, you should look at it as de-owning, not just
through our homes to de-own our stuff.
one thing that you have trouble de-owning in your home?
Find the entire 31 Days of Finding Freedom in Simplicity series here.