A word I’m focusing on lately is “simplify.” The most obvious aspect of this is to simplify possessions, I realized. Organized people have told me this for years, but it takes awhile to sink in sometimes.
I wondered: Could I get rid of 50% of the belongings under my jurisdiction? (Just the things I’m responsible for; I’ll let my husband sort through his own stuff.)
I tend to think of things in categories. It’s intimidating to think about reducing my possessions by 50%, but not so much if I tackle one category at a time. I realize that in some categories I won’t be able to reduce by 50%. In others I may be able to get rid of 90% or perhaps eliminate the category altogether.
Today I sorted through stationery. Do you ever look at something and wondered why in the world you’ve kept it? There were cards in my basket that I got for free years ago. I never liked them, but they were free so I hung onto them. I threw a LOT of paper away, put a stack in the donation pile, and gave all the stickers to my little girl. What’s left is a big box of thank-you cards, a box of beautiful blank cards, and a few pieces of stationery in case I need to write a “real” letter (which I love to do, but don’t do often).
I eliminated the “pregnancy and breastfeeding” book category, making a stack to pass on to a newly expectant mommy. I also reduced my collection of parenting and family books by 50% or more (some I gave away; those that espoused a poor philosophy I threw in the trash!), as well as craft books (bartered for homemade soap on Blarter).
These are baby steps but it’s moving in the right direction. I only spent a few minutes on simplifying today, but the results are gratifying. Reducing possessions brings freedom!
What are your favorite ways to simplify? How has simplicity benefited your life?