The first thing I did was I got rid of all our extra stuff. Everything from movies, spatulas, plastic plants, sheets, clothes to lots and lots of books and toys. Why did I have so much stuff?
Once I started getting rid of our stuff I was finally able to give up so many things that I had emotionally been holding onto. In that process I learned to think about things in a whole new way. I finally began to understand what it meant to simplify my life (which didn't mean reorganize my stuff) and I began to love it.
Some of the things I things I've learned include:
- We aren't going to spend Christmas/birthdays on the accumulation of more things.
- I don't want to spend my time dusting and cleaning. Read here.
- I don't want to spend my time reorganizing my organized clutter.
- We wasted too much time watching movies.
- We had too many books that weren't good books. They were mindless books that brought no value. Abridged books were the first too go.
- I only want to buy quality products now that have lasting value. I want appliances that I will take to a repair shop because they are worth repairing. This contrasts my previous view of buying cheap stuff and throwing it away when it ceased to operate.
- We only need one or two extra pair of sheets not a dozen.
- We only need four of five pairs of pants and no more than a dozen shirts for everyday.
- We only need a minimum amount of shoes.
- We don't need a thousand paper clips.
- We spent too much on junk from the grocery store.
- Walmart is a temptation to buy things you don't need and are low in quality. Avoid unless needing the necessary things. But then are those things really necessary?
- We waste too much paper. We now only use the minimum. Read here.
- My kids are happier playing with their two or three remaining toys and playing outside than they were before with too many to count and pick up.
- We don't need a play room any more.
- My kids really do choose to read and learn in their free time now.
- I study and am happier more now that I don't feel overwhelmed about organizing my stuff.
- We spent more time together as a family. We interact, we play and we talk.
I can't not begin to really state how amazing it is to be free of so many idols, time-wasters, space-wasters, energy-drainers, and money-wasers.
Challenge: Take inventory of the things in your house. Do you really need it? Get rid of it all! That's what I did. I learned I could live without so many things. You'll find that it's all just stuff anyway!