We started this month strong. Every day Sunny and I would talk about what we chose to donate, recycle or toss out. Extra blankets, knives, clothes. There were boxes of things downstairs that we thought we’d just throw away without opening. We weren’t so bold, but after quickly looking through them, we threw them out. We stopped counting, and we started just getting rid of so, so much stuff. We’re fairly certain that by the 15th we’d already gotten rid of our quota for the month. And then we stopped.
It just became overwhelming. First of all, we weren’t actually taking the things out of our house each day. It made more sense to wait until we had a carload, and then make a trip to Goodwill. And we made three trips with a car completely full of stuff. We made progress. But our house is still quite full.
We still have more than a few things that we’ve already added to the list of items we’ve gotten rid of. Some we’re going to sell, some we want to donate to nonprofit organizations A lot of stuff we’re throwing away. We’re going to rent a dumpster. For real. It’s mostly for leftover wood, concrete and rubble from projects around the house, but as long as we have a dumpster we’ll throw in clothes or other junk that just isn’t good enough to donate because it’s too damaged or just junky. I have more than one bag full of pens, pencils and markers from previously cleaning out my desk area.
So we went from feeling great about emptying our full house to feeling a little crummy about how all this stuff we’ve chosen to get rid of is sitting around in different areas of the house, in transition. We lost some motivation.
I will say that our biggest success has been the kitchen. Most of the things we took away were fit to be donated, so it’s gone. We reduced our utensils to just six spoons, knives and forks. Six big plates, six little, six bowls, six glasses. And then, we put four of each up out of reach, so we’re really only using two of everything. There are only two of us who use plates, so why do we need more? The rest are for dinner parties.
The result is less time washing dishes and a cleaner kitchen. It makes cooking more enjoyable (and we like cooking) because we don’t have to sort through the utensils we never use in order to find the one we need. I’m excited about making the rest of the house just as streamlined, but it’s taking work. We’re getting there.