Recently, my husband and I decided it was finally time to tackle some of the clutter in our house. We’ve always said that we don’t spent excessively (which we don’t for the most part), and we don’t have excessive amounts of possessions. I’ve been teased on many occasions at the apparent bareness of my clothing “collection” and hubby on the fact that he still owns (and sometimes wears) things that he had in high school (ok the one heckling him might actually just be me but let’s not start pointing fingers).
So if we don’t buy excessively…then why the heck did we find that half our basement was littered with junk, unopened boxes from several moves, bins of clothes and the feeling like we needed more storage??
Quite simply (and with a moderate degree of embarrassment), we never get rid of stuff. Sure we donate a bag of clothes here and there and the odd box of goods we no longer use. We add a few items to a family garage sale but by and large, we discovered that we have excessive amounts of crap everywhere in our house.
When I set my mind to making de-cluttering the house one of my 6 tasks for the first 6 weeks of this year, I had no idea the can of worms I was going to discover. What both my husband and I discovered. We realized we hang on to waaaaaay too much stuff, labeling it as “sentimental”, “necessary” or “I might need it”.
We decided that enough was enough and have vowed to make some changes throughout this year. As I write this, we’re in the process of major clutter removal. We’ve donated 2 car loads full (and I mean full) of stuff that we don’t use, need or want. Extra clothes, a butt load of baby clothes, kitchen stuff and even food items to friends and relatives. We’ve got a box of old but good toys we’re going to try and sell back to the second hand store in hopes of exchanging that money for next size up clothes for Fit Boy. I have a bag of clothes set aside for the next swap night I do with my awesome girlfriends and a bin of items that will be garage saled this summer and then donated if not sold. We’ve also sold some stuff online which is helping us put some money into savings.
Most importantly, through this process, I’m less anxious. There has been zero regret with anything I’ve gotten rid of, zero worry about whether we’re doing the right thing and the fact that I have much less anxiety being in my house than I did a couple of weeks ago has been so liberating.
When you come visit us, you won’t be greeted with a single chair in the living room or empty shelves and cupboards. We still have stuff. But we’re learning the value of keeping only what we need.
And for the record, you’ll still see the dust bunnies. I’m still too lazy to minimalize those.