Monday, December 1, 2014

Moving In Or Moving Out?

A friend from church dropped by the other day.  When I opened the door for her, I told her I wasn't even going to make excuses for the mess, lol!  I said we are in the middle of laying a new entryway and kitchen floor.

Because of the renovation, minimizing and simplifying our life, almost nothing on our main floor is in place right now.  With only a month until Christmas, how cool is that, lol?!

I asked her if she ever thought she would see my place in the mess it is in.  She laughed and said a resounding NO!  She told me it looked like someone was either moving in or out. 

I told her it is not a someone who is moving out, it is a lot of somethings that are moving out.

Over the last couple of years, I have downsized my book collection a lot.  Or so I thought.  But then Christmas decorating started.

You may be wondering what that had to do with anything.  Well, remember when I mentioned in my post Christmas Decorating Can Be Liberating that my goal was to be able to display my decorations without having to cram the overflow of stuff into drawers and closets?

In my mind, I was not just including drawers and closets.  I was also including shelves.  So, what I did was completely empty my very long mantle of every item except for our flat screen TV.  And yes, I so wish we no longer had our TV, but that is for another post.

When I was finished, I gave the mantle a good cleaning with my homemade cleaning solution, of vinegar, lemon juice, a few drops of soap in a spray container, with about 3/4 remaining filled with water.  Then, and only then, did I decorate my mantle.

Where, you might ask, did I put everything that was on my mantle?  Truth be told, there were only maybe 5 items on the mantle.  And they were moved to the built in bookshelves on either side of my fireplace.

Since I was still not happy with the amount of stuff in those shelves,  that meant I had to downsize my books again.  I now have roughly 50% of our books in boxes in the middle of the living room floor, ready to donate.  

As well, I am downsizing our other "treasures", and putting those in the boxes.  Once I have the rest of the room finished, the items in the boxes will be sorted, with books boxed separately.

A piece of furniture has also being moved to the basement for six months (sold after that time if I don't miss it, lol!) as we make room for a family heirloom piece that I have recently inherited.

Mike has also been involved in the process.  As I was going through our board games, he was willing to part with half his puzzles, leaving him two, three or four decks of cards (I know, why did we need so many!), and a couple of games.  This narrows it to only the ones we will  regularly use.  We have wanted to start having a game night for so long, but all the stuff was just weighing us down! 

By the end of this week, I should have the living room back together, with the remainder of what I plan on keeping, in it's new home.  And downsized by about 30%.  Can I get a Whoo! Hoo?!

My goal through this has been to simplify my life.  The best way I have found to do this is through minimalism.  It is what has worked for many people, and what is working for my family.

What has worked for you?  Or have you become so burdened by your possessions that you just don't know where to start?