Simplify Sunday-Preparing for Moving Day

  As someone who hates having stuff around, it’s super hard for me (mentally) to pack up all of my belongings and move. I want to just get rid of all of it! Where did all of this crap come from and why do I still have it?

I actually love the related activity of going through all of my belongings and picking out things to give to charity. February’s purge is above (just the four bags in the front and the mirror. The tote, tire chains, yoga mat, and blanket live in my trunk). It makes me feel good to get things out of my space. A cluttered space, for me, equals a cluttered mind. 

Those bags went to Teen Challenge today. In their place, I hauled in a bunch of cardboard boxes. Soon those boxes will be filled with everything I own, and I will see how much I really have. There’s no way to deny it when nothing is put away or hidden out of sight. It will be interesting to see how much more I find that I just don’t feel I need any more. I truly feel that I just got rid of everything I wanted to… But I’m sure that will change. 

Does anyone else feel anxious about having too many belongings? Is this some sort of mental illness? I don’t feel it’s a bad thing to be neat, minimalistic, or organized. However, I do sometimes feel a little crazy because no one else except my sister understands this need that I have to constantly minimize. How do I know if I’m taking it too far? Maybe when I don’t have “enough” stuff left? I don’t know that such a thing is even possible. 

Jillian 

Sinplify Sunday- Packing Party

 sunshine and my princessAnne is having a packing party, and I’m kind of jealous. I don’t really want to go to all the trouble, but I love getting rid of things! 

So, instead… What would I do if I were completely starting over? What things would I actually need? Here’s what I got rid of:

  • Two pairs of tights 
  • Three pairs of socks
  • One shirt
  • A Packers foam finger that is just always in the way (sorry, Packers, I still love you very much!)
  • Two pairs of too small leggings
  • Three books
  • An old messenger bag 
  • Small decorative dish 

That’s it. I lost steam. Still, I think that’s pretty good (for someone that recently went through the entire house, and has been doing constant stalking of anything that might be useless!). 

On a related note, while thinking about starting over- how much do we really need, space wise? We are two people and two dogs, and we live in a four bedroom house. Kind of crazy, right? 

A few years ago I lived in a studio, and I loved it. Everything was super organized, and I hardly had to buy anything. Sure, I would have loved to have a closet (there wasn’t even one) for storage, but it made life feel so simple. I know that’s extreme and not for everyone, but it’s something to think about. How much do I really need? How much is just excess? How much good could these things I don’t even use be doing for someone in need? 

Just more of my ramblings 🙂 Happy Sunday, friends!

Jillian  

Simplify Sunday- Closets and Extra Rooms

closet afterI went a little bit purging crazy this week. I wanted to start off my list and get some unnecessary stuff hauled out of the house. I started with my closets. This is the main closet with my clothes in it (after is at the top, before below). I still want a scarf hanger, but I’m happy with how my closet is looking! However, I’m pretty sure I have more cardigans than actual shirts.

 

 

 
 

closet beforeI also did two closets that we’re using for storage, and one of our linen closets. I went through a few bookshelves, the guest room, my bathroom, and our game room. This included going through my box of memory stuff- letters, journals, and such. I really recycled a lot from this box, which I feel great about. Total I am donating six bags and one box of things that we don’t need. The dollar value for our taxes will be $222. How great is that? I also got rid of my juicer by giving it to a friend. That was a hard one, I have held on to it way too long and literally never use it. Juicers take up a ton of space and I’m hoping that my friend will get good use out of it.

 
 

linen closet and bookshelf afterSome other things I have been putting off getting rid of: extra pillows that we no longer use for our couch (we got new ones in different colors), my wedding dress (I would love to have someone else use it!), and several pieces of clothing that are too small or stained.

I don’t love how attached I get to random things. I recycled a bunch of old monologues and headshots from when I used to act. It feels like a lifetime ago, and it made me a little sad to get rid of them. Then I realized I’m just feeling introspective about how much life has changed since those days. I can still get back that feeling of taking risks and putting myself out there- just in a way that fits my life as it is now.

I am feeling much lighter with all of those things gone. In addition to the seven bundles taken to donate (and the juicer), I recycled a full container of papers. Anyone else purging junk this week?

Jillian