Why I’m Simplifying

As many of you know, I’ve been on a mission to declutter my home. I moved (twice, technically) earlier this year. Once we put all everything in storage and lived with my in-laws for several weeks until our townhouse was ready. And then we pulled all of those boxes out of our storage units and packed it all into our new home.

I realize if I move again, I don’t want to be carting around that much stuff. So that’s one reason I’m simplifying. But I’m also doing it for peace of mind. I need space so there’s room for energy to flow in my home. I need less to take care of so I can devote time to what really matters.

In my ideal world, I’d do yoga or tai chi or meditate daily. I’d sit out in a nearby park with my journal and free-write. My home would be a serene and calm space for making art and connecting to my spirituality. And decluttering is part of that.

ROW80 check-in:

Writing: Wrote 4,507 words. Finished my short story “Into the Faerie Forest” and started a draft of a novella, Goblins and Grimoires. I also did some plotting for the latter, which is an expanded version of a short story I wrote last year.

Reading: Finished If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Get Rid of this Clutter? by Sallie Felton. It wasn’t my favorite. I think it’s that I’m already a fairly organized person—I just want to own less stuff. If you’re really disorganized, this book will be helpful. Started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for—a system for getting rid of a bunch of stuff and living with less. Highly recommend. Also started The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. It is amazing. Another book I would recommend.

Decluttering: So, I abandoned my goal to get rid of five things a day for 100 days. The reason? It was too slow. Instead, this weekend, inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up, I went through all of my books, clothes, etc., and did a major decluttering. I would estimate I got rid of four or five boxes of books, a large bag full of clothes and blankets, and a large box of miscellaneous stuff. I also want to go through my dishes and get rid of some. That will probably take up two small boxes. I’ll still have to go through the stuff that’s in the attic, but I’m now happy with the number of books and clothing items I own. A big step forward on that front.

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Have you ever tried to simplify your life? Why? How would you feel if you owned less stuff? What would your ideal day look like?

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6 thoughts on “Why I’m Simplifying

  1. I also need to declutter. It’s hard to decide what to keep and what to toss. I’m afraid I’ll need it again, at some point. Looks like you’re doing well with your goals.

    • I recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up. It didn’t help me entirely, since there are a lot of items she doesn’t cover–pots and pan, etc.–but it’s a good place to start.

      Thanks!

  2. It’s hard to part with certain items. I need to go through and find the areas that need it the most. Usually I am good at clearing out the clothes once a year. The Hubs has really paired down his shirts and got rid of two boxes of clothing thus far. I need move onto the books and personal stuff (much harder).

    Anywho, three cheers for your week and finishing a short story and starting a new one. Here;s to another productive week, Denise.

    • Thanks, Cindy! Clothes tend not to be one area in which I’m cluttered. For me it’s books, papers, and miscellaneous items that get me. Like, do I really need to deflated exercise ball in the back of my closet? I did pare down my clothes a little, and my books a lot. Now it’s on to all of that miscellaneous stuff that piles up.

      Have a wonderful week!

  3. You’re doing fabulous Denise! It isn’t easy sifting through everything. But how freeing it is when it’s finally done. You’ll be able to write even more now and not feel so cluttered. And yes, if you have to move again, you’ll have less to cart around. You are not alone. There are many who are taking the same steps you are. Some of us are sick of the stuff. Way to go girl! 🙂

  4. De-cluttering is good, I think it would make things less tedious. They say moving can be stressful. I hope things would easier for you. Stay sweet and hope things would be mellow for you.

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