Each winter, we clean out stuff. We seem to accumulate so much during the year. We make piles – some for donations, some for sale and some just to recycle and/or toss. This year has been different. We are really cleaning out, almost like moving or downsizing our lives. We look at items and ask “do we need this”, ” what purpose does this serve” and more. This has actually helped us to make a decision.
For example, I got a screaming deal on a new winter coat – 80% off in January. Instead of just adding to my closet, I donated two of my coats from my closet. When we bring in something new, we at least get ride of another something (and maybe more).
Right now, I am reading Joshua Becker’s The Minimalist Home and working through this. We are tackling the living room first (as he suggests). We have sold our VCR / DVD, and our donating VCR tapes and/or DVD’s to our local library’s book drive coming up in early March. Really, how many times have we watched them? How much money have we spent on these alone? Time to rethink our spending habits.
Freeing up the stuff is also freeing up new energy / opportunities. I can’t wait to see what is coming our way.