There has been a lot of talk about minimalism and decluttering lately in the blogosphere, and I want to throw my two cents in because I’ve long been a fan of minimalism but I feel my house creeping towards chaos again.
There was a time in my life when I gave away 2,011 things in the year 2011 and I’ve been very firm about not buying my children a ton of toys and being minimalist parents. It’s time for me to reevaluate and re-embrace this again though. We have so many things that we need to sell and give away.
We recently sold about 30 books and made $100 because some of them were old textbooks from college, but the effort to do all that was probably not worth our very limited time. So, I’m starting to think of the best way to declutter without all the time involvement.
Here are some ideas I had:
1. Only sell big ticket items.
I have some big ticket items that are definitely expensive, like the monitors we used in our babies cribs and even their cloth diapers which we stopped using when they turned 1 (I need to post an update on that soon!) If I just focus on these and donate the rest, I still think I will be happy with the money I made. The big ticket items in my house could easily fetch $400 or $500 if only I take the time to sit down and sell them.
2. Skip the garage sale.
I love the idea of making $300 at a garage sale. Really I do. But I relish my weekends and the time I have to myself to work and catch up while my hubby spends time with the kids. I think we could make bank in a garage sale given the amount of stuff in our basement, but truly the idea of it is overwhelming.
3. Remember the end goal.
Really the end goal for me is to have clean surfaces in my house. I hate stuff. Like really hate it. I’m tired of my crazy toddlers pulling things off shelves and taking clothes out of the drawers and just in general causing chaos. The end goal for me is to have a house that is clean and tidy, one that doesn’t take a lot of time to keep up at night. Right now I feel like I have things on every surface when once it was empty and clean.
I really believe the key is not to go out and buy organizing products to corral what you have but to eliminate the things you own and create space that way. People in the 1950’s and before all had small homes, rooms, and closets and they never refused to buy a home because of the lack of storage space. It’s all just gotten ridiculous, and it’s up to us to be different from everyone else in our society.
So, even if you’re stressed or seriously crazy busy right now, remember minimalism is easy. You don’t have to sell everything or organize everything or buy a ton of products you don’t need to corral everything. Just give everything away, sell the big ticket items, and donate the rest. Rest, relax, and repeat until your house is void of all that stuff!
Do you think minimalism and de-cluttering is easy?