When we moved to this house over seven years ago we brought only the bare necessities and it was a true eye opener regarding how much stuff we owned versus how much stuff we actually needed. You'd really be surprised at how much stuff in your house is completely disposable. I remember how shocked I was that I didn't miss our stuff and actually felt better without it. Fast forward seven years and three more kids and there is a scary amount of junk gumming up the works once again! So I have vowed to do something about it before summer ends. I started by getting rid of most of the infant stuff we had laying around, it makes sense since we're done having babies, but honestly it barely made a dent and made it even more obvious that this project is going to take some serious time and effort. Instead of getting overwhelmed and throwing in the towel I've decided to just tackle it room by room. It took us seven years to accumulate this mess and so I need to be realistic about how long this project is going to take. One day, one Goodwill run at a time. What do you do to curb the mess and clutter at home? Getting rid of it is only a temporary solution, my long term goal is to implement strategies that minimize the mess before it starts to pile up. Why do we have so much stuff in the first place? Digging through some of our storage bins yesterday I found a receipt of a San Francisco Goodwill I went to in 2000 and a receipt for the $60 pair of shoes I bought Maija for her very first birthday in 1999! What the actual heck? Enough is enough.
And seriously, $60 for a pair of shoes when I was a single teen mom making $7/hour? Aislinn is going to have to wear these hideous things every day just to try and break even.