Stuck at 30% – Continuing the home cleanse

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I’ve posted before about our family’s aim for a simpler life. We have been on a cleansing mission since the beginning of the year, trying to minimize possessions and maximize experiences, and at first, it was easy, quick and very fulfilling.

But for the last few weeks, we have been lagging. Our objective is to be rid of 50% of all we own by the end of the year. We are doing this because :

  1. Our house is small and we do not want to move, so we are making it bigger from the inside.
  2. We spend WAY too much time cleaning and organizing spaces and searching and not finding things. That time could be much better spent.
  3. Our daughter is now at an age where she likes to “ask for stuff”… constantly! And by reducing our material possessions, we want to show her that happiness does not come from things. (Hopefully, doing this while Little Man is still so young will leave an impression that will make his possessive milestone less intense.)
  4. We have sincerely come to believe that the less you have, the happier you are… now to fully embrace it!

But once you have gone room by room, when you’ve gotten rid of clothing, toys, small appliances, books, etc. Where do you go? What we have come to realize is that a lot of what we have are little things… hidden things… things you don’t see, but they are there, taking up space that could be used for storage of other essential things.

So to get out of my rut, and since the larger areas have been tackled once, I’m going after the nooks and crannies. Dressers, night stands, shelves inside our closets, medicine cabinets, fabric bins… Watch out! 🙂

So my goals for this week are :

  • The TV stand. I think we still have the charger to my very first cell phone. Ugh!
  • The DVD, CD and (get this) VHS stacks. I never did get around to them last time. Yes, they were hidden so out of mind!
  • My underwear and sock drawers. Lets face it, who needs more than a weeks worth of undergarments?

Small steps right? I need to remind myself that not all progress can be made really quickly. I think I let the fact that cleaning out a dresser isn’t as visually rewarding as clearing out entire kitchen cabinets keep me away from my plan. But what is the ultimate reward I’m seeking? Is it to have a house that looks less cluttered? Or is my reward the achievement of the goals I set for my family?

Introspection is my greatest motivator… By taking a hard look at myself and rectifying what needs to be rectified, I always become stronger in my resolve.

That being said, to the TV stand I go!

Have a wonderful week everyone! Wishing you all peace within the walls of your home and your hearts.

 

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About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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19 Responses to Stuck at 30% – Continuing the home cleanse

  1. Good luck with your goals for the week. We bring in less than we get rid of, but are not making a big effort at stuff-reduction right now. Last week, though, we did some… Our son is 25 and living in another state. He is in the Air Force so has limited time to get home and DO things. When he graduated last year, he moved all his stuff back into our basement. !!! And then all his stuff needed to be moved for some work (radon mitigation) that had to be done. As we moved it back, we did make executive decisions to get rid of a few things. But not much — it does belong to him.

    Have a wonderful day. Jim and I are going on a hike to celebrate 34 years since the day we met. 🙂

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Happy anniversary! That is awesome! Have a great hike.

      Yeah… I was guilty of crowding my parents’ home when I was younger as well. Stuff like winter tires in my dad’s garage and winter clothes in their cedar closet. LOL! They got a bit overwhelmed before long and I had to clean out. Only fair…

      Thanks for sharing!

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  2. mountaingmom says:

    Good luck tackling your goals. We have VHS tapes and nothing to play them on, books that have been read and aren’t worth taking up bookshelves, fabric scraps that will never been sewn into anything. I need to follow your lead.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Feels good once you get started! I warn you though, it becomes an addiction. Every time the house is a little messy now, I fill a box for good will! LOL!

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  3. Angel Jem says:

    I’m just started on clearing out the house. It takes the baby steps like you say to keep it going.

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  4. Oh how I love the feeling of decluttering and getting rid of stuff. It is a habit of mine…I dislike clutter and cannot function properly in it, so I am constantly reorganizing, removing stuff, and making our small home more spacious. It is amazing the amount of space you can create when you really put your mind to it. Have fun!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you! Got rid of over 40 DVDs… which means the 20 or so left actually fit in the TV stand and I don’t have to use a drawer in the kids playroom! YAY!!! Also found 3 old cell phones to donate. I’m seeing free shelves. What a great feeling!

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  5. It’s such an amazing feeling to clear all that clutter out! The way you mentioned teaching your daughter that happiness doesn’t come from possessions reminded me of a photo and story I once saw on a group of what most would probably call ‘poor’ African boys who could play endlessly and joyfully with a single tennis ball and never get bored of it, while typical North American children sit in their rooms full of possessions and suffer with boredom, lethargy, and depression. What a great way to show her – and the little man – first-hand how much freedom and happiness can come from minimizing what you own, and sharing all your excess with others!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I’ve seen and read so many similar stories and pictures. My own childhood was so simple : we made crafts with salt dough and macaroni (held by homemade glue!)… We wrapped yarn around stick and called it art. We went fishing for minnows and tadpoles. It was so easy!

      I just want my kids to find pleasure in the simple things… Such a great way to live. My husband always says that I’m easy to please… It’s because I’m happy!

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  6. appleshoe says:

    We do pretty much the same thing here, with the exception of the craft closet.. It’s actually more like a small room. We started tackling that one the other day and I’m embarrassed with how much we pulled out of there. Do boxes breed when we are not looking? It is so much easier to pick up when there is less “stuff”. Be well, and best wishes on your clutter free journey.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I haven’t tackled the craft drawers either. That will be LATER… I think that will be a full day job. LOL! But it just feels so great!

      Thank you and good luck to you too!

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  7. jemills56 says:

    I did tip out the greenhouse .Monday I really don’t need all those plastic pots! Impressed at how much larger it now appears. A proposed visit from an overseas relative may propel my efforts indoors. 🙂

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I know how you feel… the weeding in the gardens has been secondary and with all the rain, they are everywhere! We have my son’s first birthday party on Saturday and I have family coming in from the states and that has definitely motivated me to get the yard back in shape! 🙂

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  8. sally says:

    Hope it’s being going well, just stay away from the fabric!!!

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  10. Hello, we decided to not move, but hubby wanted bigger place so I decided to get rid of things and show him this place could be bigger
    Years ago, we moved from 3500 ft to 1200 ft, got rid of a lot fast, but some just got stored. Went thru that but need to do it again with better frame of mind

    A few tricks I have learned. Books, oh, those were our weaknesses, space and money. Went to e readers, got rid of nearly all books except for two bookshelf and use libraries now and free websites. Helps these old eyes too. Use solar powered chargers on devices too.
    Dads, talked to kids and started a family collection with Vudu. You upload them.and can get rid of the actual DVD, plus it expanded our collection.
    Photos, am uploading old ones to ancestry.com for all to enjoy and will distribute them.
    Old dishes, I took pictures and have to kids
    Needlework, kids projects, I take pictures and give to kids

    Went thru closet, saved basics, got rid of torn, ugly, too small, too big or too hard to care for

    Good luck

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you! We did actually really well with books for ourselves, but our weakness is books for the kiddos. We live in a French area and English books at the library are really hard to come by. We have been good about streaming movies as well from the internet. Clothes, that was so easy! I’ve never really been a “clothes” person so I kept 5 days worth and that was it. And with stopping work, it was even easier. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your experience and stopping by!

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