turns out it’s taken me forever to work the most simple thing ever, less really is more. the penny dropped last summer and it rang loud.
returning home from holiday with all the possessions we needed in just a few cases, we came back to our tiny home and all I could see was STUFF, sure it was tidy but it was filled, every single cupboard and nook.
organised clutter is still clutter
everywhere I looked there was more than we needed and because space is limited at home, I’d become a queen of triple stacking, stashing and stuffing.
so the clearing started and with it I tallied up the number of items we shed/recycled/donated. it was very motivating but also slightly horrifying.
with every bag I’ve staggered down the hill with to the charity shop, I’ve felt the weight of it all and with it my determination grew to keep going.
as of today, the tally in 14 months is ….
– 1,831 items = +
should I weep or celebrate? I don’t know. I’m realising the journey has only just begun, but I truly believe our habits as a family are changing, in what we store, buy and pass on.
in that 1,831 items were THINGS we just didn’t need or use – cook book and gadgets / rarely worn clothes / spare plates, mugs, vases, candles + endless jugs – all charity shopped.
so, what tips could I share?
>> start that tally. work on one space at a time. let go. be at peace with passing on unwanted gifts. buy only with 1 in 1 out in mind. BUT reducing bulk is key, even by 10%… don’t just reorganise, stash or worse, buy more storage.
>> learn from the pros, I’ve been guided by: marie kondo who taught me it’s ok let go; the cool kids at remodelista … their storage and organising tips make me faint; and Jessica Rose Williams who’s brought clarity and direction to wardrobing dilemmas.
BUT before the month is out I need to find coats to donate to wrapuplondon helping keep the homeless a little warmer and I’m determined to start 2019 with exactly that, 2 0 1 9 items less in our home….
thank you for sharing my confessional, do you care to join me tallying up? olivia x