Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
I was walking down my stairs at home the other evening and I realized how much “stuff” we had acquired since we moved from the condominium to the house eight years ago. Granted, the house has three times the space of the condo, and we had to fill several rooms with new furniture. And a bigger house does, to a certain extent, require more things for maintenance, like a full-sized vacuum instead of a hand-held.
Yet how much of my house is filled with things simply because I have the space for them?
I started looking around with new eyes.
Last year I did a fairly sweeping purge of the house. Now I will be purging again, this time not only getting rid of things that are not used, but also making sure I use up what I have (notebooks and candles are two things that pop into my mind on that).
Unclutterer ran a great article on books at “Keeping book clutter off the bookshelf”. I’ll be applying the unread amount rule to my bookshelves, as well as removing the “look-how-cool-I-am” books. No more books will be purchased until I get this under control.
My kitchen needs to be purged, particularly my pantry. With my husband grocery shopping, I have lost track of what is in there, especially because when the grocery list says “1 can of tomato soup” he will bring home 4 (“to have on hand”).
The music room is one I have never purged. Perhaps it is time to let go of all the flute pieces I picked up with good intentions of learning, or ones that I simply cannot stand anymore?
The garage is brimming with stuff again. While the brewing supplies are not mine, the gardening stuff is. It’s time to let go of the unused stuff.
I’m sure I will be purging more than what I have listed above.
My question for you, is if you had one area to purge first, where would you start?