It’s old news to almost everyone reading this that capsulizing my wardrobe had a huge impact on me. I know, you’re probably sick of me talking about it. Don’t worry, I’m not going into detail about it again but if you want to read more about that adventure, click here and here.
Today I wanted to share about this new journey of mine to simplify my entire house.
Like….. Every. Room.
Over the years I feel I’ve slowly evolved into a minimalist lifestyle. It wasn’t until I drastically minimized my wardrobe that I fully understood how having a lot less made me feel a lot more. More content, more satisfied and more fulfilled. No, I do not have plans to sell our home and buy a tiny home. And no, I’m not going to get rid of all the furniture we own. Due to my severe throw pillow addiction, I guess I’ll never measure up to be a “true minimalist,” which is fine with me because I’d rather give up one of my kidneys than give up one of my throw pillows.
Simplifying my closet got me thinking about every room in my home. What if I applied that same concept to the space we live in? Would it also give me that same fulfillment and satisfaction that my wardrobe gave me? I was willing to bet that YES, it would.
A few weeks ago I decided to purge our kitchen. I went through every cupboard and drawer, pulling out everything and carefully sorting through it. I made a pile of stuff to keep and a pile of stuff to sell. I was amazed at how much stuff I had in the sell pile. I don’t like to cook or bake. If I ever bake you pie, eat it at your own risk! So why did I have 2 pie pans? And why in the heck did I have 5 cake pans and one with a buckle on the side(I’ve since found out its called a springform pan for cheesecake?)
I sold almost half my kitchen. Now I have room in my cupboards for the stuff I piled up on my fridge and countertops. My countertops are now free of clutter and there’s NOTHING on top of my fridge. I even have cupboards and drawers that are totally empty. It feels GOOD. And it looks good. My small galley kitchen feels twice as big now that I have gotten rid of items we don’t use.
The playroom. UGH. It amazes me how much stuff you accumulate when you have kids. It starts to take over your house! Luckily we have one an extra bedroom that we have been able to use as the playroom. But even then, slowly more and more toys start to creep into other rooms and eventually take over the house again.
I value my clothes so much more now that I don’t have as many of them. I want my children to be grateful for what they have. I want them to take care of their toys and value them. I know, I know, my kids are 1 and 2 years old so my expectations are unrealistic for their age, however, I feel it’s never too early to start teaching my children how to be thankful. It’s more challenging to truly understand the value of something when you have an endless supply. How can I expect my children to show gratitude and understand value when they have an entire bedroom filled with all kinds of toys? Downsizing their toy and “gadget” selection has been on my mind for months. I bit the bullet one afternoon and went through every toy in our house. I kept the toys that seemed to be their favorites and boxed up the rest. We delivered it to the Children’s Home Society so that other children could find joy in playing with them and my children could experience the gift of giving. Below is one of my favorite Bible versus that I try my hardest to live by.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
My next room to tackle will be our living room. There are things shoved in drawers and cupboards that I need to sort through. Simplifying everything in our home has been liberating. I feel like I’m less stressed because there’s less to manage, you know? Less cookware that will collect dust and take up space and not as many toys that I will step on in the hallway. Whoever came up with the phrase “Less is more” had to be a minimalist! This journey to simplify has made a positive impact on my everyday life and I hope it can inspire you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and tackle all of those areas in your house that have been neglected and are weighing you down!
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