…….. Having clutter says a lot about the current culture that we live in. Many people believe that more is better, but I’m here to tell you that it is NOT. Having more stuff means you have more stuff to clean/clean around. It means that you have spent time & money on something that does not serve a purpose. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have nice things. Just remember: they are things. I hate cleaning to begin with, but when you add moving 50,000 things around just to dust, it becomes completely overwhelming!
This tiny living movement is encouraging, although, I don’t think at this stage in my life that I am willing to sacrifice that much space with a child and God-willing more to come. At least, it’s making people think about what is important and what can be relocated. Sell your stuff to make some extra cash, donate to a local thrift store, give to needy. The options are endless. And although it may be really difficult to get started, it is well worth the effort.
I think the hardest part of the home for me to get rid of was in my closet. I don’t know what it is about women and clothing, but man was that hard. Once I made the first step, it has become really easy and FREEING to scale down my wardrobe.
I read somewhere that everything we own holds a place in our subconscious mind. Whoa. Every. Single. Thing. I have moved several times, so I know how much stuff we have. Just that thought alone has made me more willing to let go of things that really have no purpose or meaning.
I encourage you to try it. Pick one room in your home and look around. Is there anything in it that doesn’t serve a purpose? Could you do without something for two weeks? Two months? Two years? If you don’t even know that you have it, shouldn’t it be used by someone else? I promise that once you start, you will feel so much better. If one room is too intimidating, try one area. I used to be big into scrapbooking, so I focused on my scrapping stuff. Start somewhere. This week. Challenge accepted?