I’ve been trying off and on (more off than on lately) to declutter my life, downsize my possessions, just make life easier all around.
Part of the reason for this is that I have no family who will take on the project when I’m gone, part of it is that we want to move into a smaller space (having done our years of “more is better” “bigger houses are better houses”), and part of it is that we plan to move it Italy in the next 5 years or so. The latter should be motivation enough to have the house and garage empty by now, but alas, knowing that I’ve got 5 years makes the going a bit slower!
Wanting to see what other people are up to with this topic, I stumbled across Simpler. Easier. Happier. a blog by a woman who has already accomplished the process under her blog’s original name: Minimalist OC.I think she’s just changed the name now to fit where she is in her life (enjoying the lack of clutter, peacefully), but the reasoning behind the original name made me laugh. She’s living in Orange County, CA, and for those of you who have no idea what that means, think materialistic. I lived there for years and in my book, anyone who can become minimalist in Orange County is a worthy soul to know. And, to follow.
In particular, I liked a post from late 2010: The Less I Own, The More I Have and a more recent one No Shopping Month – My Progress so Far, which sounds like an idea I need to try. I’m going to peruse her blog for ideas and hope that there’s light at the end of the clutter tunnel.
I’m going to close the door to the
junk room second bedroom now. I could use a little peace.