Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Simplifying

In light of my recent book review, I've been thinking a lot about simplifying.  Actually, it didn't just start with the book.  The book appealed to thoughts that have been niggling in the back of my mind for awhile now, so I requested it.  It really started with my long lost friend Stef and a blog she wrote about productivity.  Around that time my sister-in-law mentioned that she was going to go on a throwing out spree in her house.  I longed to do the same, but I was 8 months pregnant or whatever, and my mother wisely encouraged me not to throw anything out in that state of being.  Who knows what would have gotten the ax at that time.

But now I'm not pregnant and I read a fabulous book and we're moving.  It seems like now might be a good time to pull the trigger and actually simplify.  I'm fascinated by the idea.  So much so that I've found a few minimalist blogs that I've been poking around on.  These minimalists have some pretty radical ideas about living with very little.  I don't think I want to go that far, but I do think I might want to err on the side of minimalism.

Seriously, how much of my stuff do I really use?  The stuff I actually use is usually sitting out, cluttering up my counters.  My drawers and closets are full of things I've stored away and forgotten about.  I've read so many things that tell you that if you haven't used it in a year, you should get rid of it.  Well, I have an insane amount of stuff that falls into that category.

Here's my biggest problem:  I'm a "rainy day" kind of gal.  I store things away because I'm sure I'll need it in the future, and I don't want to have to go buy it then.  For example, I have at least one complete sheet set for our queen-sized bed, unopened.  It was a wedding present six and half years ago.  I currently have three sets of sheets that I rotate on our bed.  But I keep that fourth tucked away for the future.  In the name of simplifying, do I get rid of that?  I don't need it now, and I probably don't even need it in the next two years. 

Here's my second biggest problem:  I feel like getting rid of most things would be a waste.  Sure I don't use it, but it feels wasteful and ungrateful for me to get rid of it.  Some things were presents; what would the gift giver think if they knew I got rid of it simply because I had no use for it?  I'm sure I could sort of solve this problem by selling things at a garage sale, but that is so much work and the reason I keep it stored away. 

I'm hoping as I pack up our place to move I'll find things I can get rid of.  I think this means that there are quite a few trips to Goodwill in our future.  Maybe donating things won't feel so much like I'm being wasteful.

Any thoughts on simplifying?  Anyone want to come do it for me?

1 comment:

  1. I'd love the sheets.... we are down to one set at our house! I'm sure we could find a great half-way house or something of the like that could really use many of your items to help others get on thier feet. I'm a great giver-awayer if you need help! :)

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