We were trying to de-clutter the house to get it ready to go on the market. My first job was to tackle the small appliance cupboard. I thought “Do I really NEED a popcorn maker? Popcorn is easy to make on the stove….” And out it went, into the pile of unnecessary.
I went through the whole house in this mindset.
Do I need it?
Does it add value to our lives?
I involved the kids, asking them to go through their toys and pick out the ones they don’t play with. More was added to the pile. And as a secret between you and me I also went through the kids toys when they were at Grandma’s house. Straight to the thrift store went another few boxes of toys. And a word of warning if you attempt this one, don’t take the kids to the thrift store the week after you have donated a bunch of their toys without their knowledge! Luckily they were young enough that I could just say “Isn’t that funny! Someone donated a bunch of the same toys you have!”
So is my house now minimalistic and clutter free? Um…no. I still have a bunch of crap that I could not, at the time, part with. But every week something else is going into the pile of unnecessary things accumulating in the garage. Because really, how many vases do I really need when I won’t even let my husband buy me flowers? Seriously, they are too expensive and a waste of our hard earned money. For the one or two times a year I have fresh flowers in the house, couldn’t I just use a nice cup?
I’m feeling the need to have a garage sale soon. Purging can feel so good!
I need to go through the house with this mantra:
“Soon we will be backpacking through Asia, soon we will be backpacking through Asia, soon we will be……..”
Curious how traveling families live their lives out of backpacks and suitcases? Read about how they are living with less by clicking the links below.
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