I haven’t forgotten my commitment to track how much comes in, and goes out, of my home this year. We have a running tally on our chalkboard (just a sticker chalkboard as we’re renting and I’m loath to put holes in the wall) of the new shoes that come in, old shoes that go out, the never ending shifting of children’s clothing and the now very slow cull of other things from our home.
The goal was two out for every one in and we’re currently running at eight out for every one in. The Clutter Cleanse gave us an early lead and my guess is that we could finish the year with a four to one ratio.
What left my home:
Clothing! Mostly from the boys. With the three year age gap I have some extra motivation to not store too much from my oldest. It’s mostly jeans and outerwear plus shoes that we are storing for the younger brother. Currently reconsidering my love for/strategy of buying used shoes and storing hand-me-downs after reading a comment here about foot health.
What came into my home:
Also, clothing. Some Christmas and birthday gifts for the boys of toys and clothes. New pair of shoes for my husband to replace a pair that have holes. Stamp set and stickers for Henry as we do a bit more ‘art’ at home. I gave my husband a FitBit for Valentine’s. We don’t normally exchange gifts but this year he gave me the ultimate experience over stuff present: a weekend away without the kids. Yes, I’m still glowing from the sheer luxury and joy of three days of uninterrupted sleep and not cleaning up banana bits off the floor.
Retiring my nursing tops and tanks as I’m nursing a lot less. Some of them look like they’re suitable for kitchen rags but a few will be stored as we’re not sure this is our last baby. I’ll need to replace the nursing tops with new ‘regular’ tops. The boys just got new toys from Grandma so we’ll be taking some toys out of rotation permanently to keep things in check.
And I’m still dragging my feet on eBay-ing or donating a few things. Fingers crossed I can get my mom to mule our North American DVDs back after her visit because they aren’t easy to sell over here.
Reminding myself, as always, there is no finish line for living with less. Particularly in this season of young kids that grow out of things in a matter of weeks. It’s not a done feeling I’m aiming for but rather a goal to create the habit of buying less and letting go of more. One in one out or for now, one in, eight out.
Has anyone counted the number of items they’ve shed so far this year? Brooke runs a nice decluttering series each year to get rid of things based on the number of the year. As in, 2014 things in 2014.
Living With Less Links
Sharing some interesting articles I’ve read recently about living with less stuff and simplicity.
- Family of four living in a one room house. (link fixed!) Interesting read about choosing to live with no walls between children and parents. The family says they donated most of their things before moving into the home. While not a small home at 1200 square feet (with plans for an addition) the living in one open space concept, and benefits, were interesting to think about. Also, the aesthetic of the home is dreamy to me. Dreamy and crazy expensive.
- The Joy of Living With Less. Got a mention along with a few other writers, in this article on BBC.com. Some good advice from Francine Jay of Miss Minimalist fame.
- Simple Cornflakes. For design fans. Check out this minimalist take on several brands packaging concepts. I thought all of them were improved with a simpler design. Plus, Nutella!