Inspired by this project over at Our Little Apartment (that is her trunk as she carts off a bunch of stuff from her house), I am going to spend eight weeks starting a week from today (I’m leaving for five days today, so starting now would not make much sense, although sometimes I feel like I have enough stuff in the car with me that I could probably do this while on the road) doing the same thing she did – get rid of 10 things a day, every day, for eight weeks. Seems simple, doable and really finite. Instead of just starting with a general idea of needing to get rid of “some stuff,” I will be forced to decide on ten things each day to get out of the house. I can trash it or give it away, but it must be out of the house within 24 hours (sometimes I think that I will freecycle things or sell them or something else, but it never happens and here I sit with a bunch of stuff still in my house, still in my possession.
Simplicity to me is all about things being easy. That is one reason why I love my idea of “go-to gift” for kids and “go-to salad” for potluck. My life needs to have more “go-to” in it and less “wtf do I do now?” in it. And one thing I am in desperate need of is places for all of our stuff to “go-to”. Our stuff tends to have no specific home, so the go-to place becomes where ever it is easiest to dump it. On the floor, in the middle of the garage, in our car, in a closet…and never the same place twice. We are also pilers. There are piles everywhere. Piles of paper. Piles of clothes. Piles of toys. The piles are never ending.
Well, this morning, our dryer quit working. It has been making a horrible noise for weeks now, but it was still heating up and drying. But, now it doesn’t produce any heat or dry clothes. Obviously, this does not positively impact my financial fitness regime I’m trying to institute. But, then I saw one being offered on Freecycle that works – the timer doesn’t work, but I could live with that. So, I’ve contacted him and if it is still available when we get home, he will have it for us. BUT we have no way of getting the old one out or the new one in to our garage because of the piles out there. Sigh…it may be the impetus to finally take care of these piles for good. This is not the sole inspiration for taking this purging challenge, but it is a good example of why I need to do it and do it now!
I realize how much stuff I have that I absolutely don’t need. I lived in a one bedroom suite at the Ronald McDonald House for six months, without any real issues. I mean, sure, there were things we would have liked to have had at times, but overall, the simplicity of it was nice. Especially during such a stressful time. And right now, I’m feeling almost as stressed, so I think the simplicity is needed.
I will report back on my progress, but again, this won’t be starting until 8/19 because I’m out of town this week.