My tag line is “Creating a simple life.” Looking around my home, you can see that we have lots of STUFF, and I am truly overwhelmed by the presence of these items. This does not scream simple to me. So, I have had the great declutter project brewing in my head for a couple of years now. I would always say, this is the weekend/month/year that I am going to do it. I have had a plan written of what I want to get rid of, how I will space it out so it won’t be so painful. I have never even begun to begin. Now that I am working out of the home, and don’t have work as an excuse, and the boy is out of school, so he can do his room; I have zero excuses.
Project declutter and get rid of the STUFF is now live! Yesterday, I got tired of staring at my computer so I started with my room. All of my corporate clothes, OUT. I had some books on the shelves (oh so many diet books…more on that on a different post, though.) so I will donate the ones that are in good condition. I did keep all of my cookbooks though, I have a real soft spot for them, and maybe I will get rid of them later. I had things that I literally said out loud, “this is trash, why did I shove it in my nightstand?” Lots of papers and millions of notebooks, half used because I can’t stay focused.
You know, I was really surprised at the things I couldn’t bear to get rid of and the other things that I was easily able to let go of. I had a couple of books that I could not get rid of, simply because of the memory attached to it. How can I truly strive for a simple life when I am keeping items around just for the sake of a memory?
What does living simply truly mean to me? I am not sure that the answer is minimalism, but maybe something that feels similar to me. I know that simple means less choice, fewer items to dust and move around the house. Simple means making the things that should be easy actually easy, which outfit to wear, what to make for dinner, which book to read. For my children, they have a million toys they never touch, or they have so much they don’t know where to start.
I am coming out of my skin thinking about all of the items in my home that actually do not add value to my life, but are kept because of some emotional pull. So, I say to myself, “Let it go”. I am hoping this declutter project will actually be good for my soul and help my children to be more grateful for what they do have. It’s time to be free from all the stuff and stop dusting so much.
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