I’m only 25. We’ve only been married a year and we just moved out of a one bedroom apartment last April. Strangely enough, we still have managed to accumulate so much stuff.
I won’t deny it. I’m mainly the guilty party. I had been collecting baby clothes for years (please tell me I’m not the only one who couldn’t help grabbing a cute onesie or sweater every time I went thrift shopping) plus baby showers and hand-me-downs from cousin Koo and my supply of school materials from teaching…phew. One room of our basement is basically full of kids stuff…and we have a three month old.
Now there’s extra sheets, decorations, and extra dishes down there too, but I have to admit, when I look at it all I have to recognize my tendency to over prepare. “I might have a twin bed someday so I should keep my old childhood sheet set”…yada yada. There’s just so much STUFF. So then I make a decision to do an early spring cleaning. To declutter and simplify. And then I go grocery shopping the next day and can’t resist grabbing a cute baby outfit in Maggie’s size AND one two sizes up. Because clearance! Ugh…help.
So here it is: I’m calling it Minimalism March and it’s going to be difficult for me. Each week I’m going to tackle a level of my home (I’m going to be gone the first week and will hopefully not bring back any souvenirs) to clear out.
Here are my rules…in order to keep something, I have to have worn it in the last month and I have to use it consistently. For my summer clothes, it has to fit (hello, post-baby bod) and I have to have worn it last summer.
My goal for this coming year is to not buy anything that isn’t beautiful or practical. (gather here, all ye green-leafed beauties!)
Let me know if you are joining me! Click here for a more detailed cleaning schedule.