I hate sounding like a broken record. I've said it before and am saying it again - I want to minimize my household. I have a fascination with minimalistic living. Yet, my house borders on that of a hoarder (not like the hoarders on "Hoarders", but we have a lot of stuff). It's hard, because with three children and homeschooling some extra stuff is just needed. And I have interests (books, collections, paper) that I really don't want to give up.
This past weekend I finished the book The Big Tiny by Dee Williams (I've always been fascinated by the tiny house movement) but I think what interested me most was the chapter where she listed the 351 one items that she owns.
While I was confused by the just two pairs of underwear (does she go commando most of the time, wash a pair every night?!), I imagined what her simplified life must be like - simple. Unencumbered by stuff. Easier, maybe?
While I feel like my own home is too tiny most days (at around 1,100 sq feet - I think) I'm almost dreaming of a future in a tiny house when my kids are grown (though I know hubby would never go for it). Maybe a tiny cabin in the woods somewhere? I live vicariously though my aunt and uncle who sold their home and travel the United States in an RV. It sounds so thrilling. I must have some gypsy blood in me.
Anyhow, while I can't give away all our possessions and live in a room smaller than an area rug, I do want to declutter my life. The Big Tiny not only encouraged me, but the book that we are working on for Bible Study (Simplify by Bill Hybels, this is my second time reading it) is also showing me the way to peace is to simplify my life.
I need to start small, with little uncluttered spaces in my life. A drawer, a shelf, a table will help me begin. My S.O.S challenge (Sick of Stuff) is to get rid of five things a day. Whether it's into a bag for the consignment shop, into a box for donation, or into the trash. This doesn't mean five pieces of paper or five items of trash...but actual things that I really don't need. That's 35 items a week. I'll occasionally update with a photo of things leaving my house. I'm hoping that by this time next year my life will be more...simple?