I'm facing a pretty tough de-cluttering challenge this week. We are moving back to our country home in September. But we are bringing the equivalent of a 2nd household's worth of 'stuff' with us. Yipes!
There are a few things that make this task pretty daunting.
One, I can only just 'hobble' about with a fractured left toe and a booted right foot..with a broken bone that is still healing.
The other is that I'm 'between homes'.. staying at the country house temporarily to get some things done.. but going back and forth.. so we have to have some bare minimum of stuff at both places.
On top of that I can't drive.. to get boxes or ship things or whatever. My son has to take me wherever I go.
Hubby's request is that I somehow 'make room' because he plans to move us in stages. This is akin to having surgery.. on a weekly basis. Not the kind of misery you want to 'stretch out' lol.
My brain..sort of rebels at this plan. It isn't like life suddenly 'stops' for these kinds of 'events'.
Honestly, I wasn't quite sure how I was gonna do it. Then I stumbled (thank you Lord :) over this blog..
Here are a few tips from her introductory post....
- Keep it simple..
- Pledge to remove, on average, at least one item a day
- The departure point ~ Designate an out of the way area to place your decluttered items until you are ready to take the next step. The next step might be to through it in the bin, recycle it, sell it or donate it.
- There is no speed limit ~ If one thing a day is too slow for you declutter as many things as you like just be sure to keep within your comfort limit. Try to do something everyday to maintain your momentum.Be mindful about your decision making - make sure you don't get rid of something you'll need later
You can read the rest here.
I really really like the idea of breaking down the decluttering process into such tiny baby steps. The best part is making a daily habit of it. You'd never have to get overwhelmed by this process again!
So I'm getting rid of a few things in these areas this week..
- Grandchildren items (sniff.. all living long distance now)
- Desk Caddy papers
She posted a challenge today and suggested we get rid of duplicates like scissors too. I might add scissors and pens to that list.
I may make my schedule 3 items a day instead of 1 since.. I'm a bit behind lol.
After all.. it is August and she started in January.
But I am so excited about the idea that if I got rid of 3 items a day for the next six months.. my new year would be a lot brighter! That's 3 x180 = 550 items gone out of my house!
If I also put a 'moratorium' on bringing stuff in, the reality of a 'simplified, clutter-free home', could be mine..and yours.
Be sure to check out that blog and get inspired. I'll let you know how it goes on my end.
Clutter free.. here I come!
Happy Homemaking :)