We had just come home from a trip. When we entered the home and I realized how much I had to put away and how things were already full here, I just hit my breaking point. I was done.
Done with the clutter.
Done with repeatedly asking toys to be put away.
Done with always trying to find a place to put something when all the spaces were full.
Tired of being unhappy with my home and yearning for another place to live.
My home wasn’t the problem. Clutter was the problem. It was eating away at our happiness. And I wanted it OUT.
I’ve already told you about the book that changed our lives. After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I knew we were ready – ready to let go of clutter and live a life of JOY instead a life of constant cleaning up.
And can I tell you something? While on this journey, I realized that I can make this house work for me – I don’t have to yearn for something more. I’ve got a great home here and a fabulous space – I just have to fill it with JOY instead of CLUTTER.
Joy in your life and home is there, ladies. It’s just waiting for you to reach out and grab it!
So, where do you start? I mention this in the video, but I wish I had taken Marie Kondo’s advice and gone in the order she suggested – but I started before reading the book…but, I did FINISH in the correct order. (And I guess finish is a relative term because we’re still cleaning out every day.)
We just began ridding ourselves of EVERYTHING that didn’t bring joy. Now, this is relative. It should bring joy or be useful…because let’s be honest. My toilet brush doesn’t bring me intense joy…but neither would a nasty, dirty toilet. So, I kept the brush. 😉
This concept has permeated every corner of our lives – not only our home, but also our activities, emails, social media, and even our landscaping! Ha!
I thought that that because we were frugal, we were minimalists. Boy howdy – I was completely wrong. SO MUCH STUFF has left this house that at times, I’ve felt it embarrassing. Loads and loads to the dump. Loads and loads to the thrift store. Loads of stuff sold. In fact, we’ve sold so much stuff, people are talking. Some have asked if our rent is due (no rent, because we bought our home with cash) OR if we were getting divorced. Ha ha!
Being frugal means that sometimes you hang on to things that you don’t really need to – just because you MIGHT use some of them. Clutter was filling our home because I felt it to be useful. But even if it might be useful one day, I would have to say that it’s not worth me keeping right now. It’s not worth the stress and the constant cleaning it requires. It’s just not.
And yes, I might need 10% of the stuff I’ve thrown out…one day. But when that one day comes, I can buy the ONE thing I need instead of hanging on to the thousands of things I didn’t need. Yes, I said thousands.
So, I would like to tell you exactly how we’re cleaning out…but honestly, I’m following Marie Kondo’s advice. I’m also reading a ton of stuff about minimalism – currently reading You Can Buy Happiness, And It’s Cheap – I’m watching oodles of videos on You Tube about minimalism, capsule wardrobes, and decorating minimally.
The amount of happiness I feel about my home is crazy – I’ve also had a ton more time to play with my kids. And I’ve started actually hanging out with my husband and learning some of his hobbies. It’s what life is really about – not me staying inside all day and cleaning up stuff.
I’m tired of stuff – it’s left. And it isn’t coming back.
In this process, we realized we could make our home the way we want it instead of yearning for something out of our current grasp. So, we plan on making MORE renovations and doing some painting. I’ve got some great help from my wonderful friend Angela from The Grocery Shrink – she’s a great decorator…and I am not. So I require help. 🙂 I am so excited about having less.
Less really IS more. It’s not just a cliche phrase.
You can continue to follow along with me on Instagram. You can see our progress using the #clutterclearout hashtag (others have used it as they also play along).
I also plan to hire ArborPro Tree Experts serving all of Lake Oswego when we’re done with the clearout.
If you’re unhappy with your home – unhappy with your life – stressed out about cleaning and such…please read this book. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Barry plans to have a post up on Friday about how we’ve managed to sell so much stuff so far. It will include some tips and pointers for ya. 🙂