Making RoomPosted: May 3, 2012
I’m on a war path. Everything I own better look out. If it isn’t useful or pleasing in some majorly impacting way. It’s out of here. I can no longer be weighed down by my possessions. It is time the Walrus said, to get rid of your crap!
We are geared up to finish our yurt and make it our home. It is beautiful, round and magical. It is also small. My entire family (5 of us) will be residing in the space of some people’s great rooms.
Reasons I’m looking forward to sharing 706 square feet with my family:
- Less cleaning. Seriously, I know everyone hates to clean, but I hate it more than most. I’ve had a house with three bathrooms. I won’t ever do that again.
- More family time.
- More time for outdoor activities and creating.
- It’s easier to live simply.
That about covers it. There are the obvious bonuses of living lighter on the earth, spending less on housing and the potential to use less electricity. All very good and noble things, but I’m focusing on the immediate things that we’ll benefit from.
I’ve de-cluttered some, and then de-cluttered some more. It’s a process. I think there have been a few times in my life that I could have been considered a hoarder (total honesty here). I absolutely have had a hard time ridding myself of possessions.
- What if I find a use for it after it’s gone?
- I spent good money on that.
- So-and-so gave that to me.
It’s strange to me that I have emotional connections to inanimate objects. I really do wonder where this stems from. Why I feel the need to hang on to things that I find no beauty in or have no use for. While I’m sure I could spend the rest of my days searching for the answer of why I feel that way, I’ve decided that it doesn’t really matter.
What matters is that I change. Moving forward into the place that I desire to be is infinitely more valuable to me than wondering why I do it.
My goal for the month of May is to get rid of a bag or box or even a piece of furniture every day. To look really look at the value of a thing, and then at the cost of owning it and weigh it’s benefit in my life. Let’s face it owning things has a cost.
I’ll leave you with a quote I read on Durango Mom yesterday. It sums thing up beautifully and was such a timely read for my de-cluttering heart.
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!