It was a success - not just in getting rid of at least 500 things, but in getting me freer about letting go of even more stuff. I now know I want less.
Well, that's all well and good to say, but culling through a lifetime of stuff isn't exactly easy. And unless a person is willing to be ruthless, I'm presently of the opinion that it's best to be a tad measured and methodical about it. It took us 39+ years to accumulate all our stuff. So what if it takes three or four, or more years to clear our home and lives of so much of it? Don't tell hubs I said that. Hopefully he's not reading this.
Here's the thing (and it's a big thing), one of our goals is to move into a one-story home - hopefully sooner rather than later. We're fine with waiting until the right home presents itself, but in the meantime we're trying to be focused on getting this house ready to put on the market. That means painting and recarpeting where needed, but cosmetically, that's about it. Our kitchen needs a serious overhaul, but we ain't doin' it. 'nuff said on that. The main thing we truly need to do to be ready to move is to get rid of stuff. Not only to make this home look better to potential buyers, but so that we can fit what we're keeping inside that (probably smaller) next home we hope to move into.
Sure, it would be great if we didn't have to downsize our square footage, but that probably isn't realistic considering a one story home of the square footage we're accustomed to would have a significantly larger footprint on the landscape than our present tri-level home does. And truthfully... while two full baths and two half baths were great while raising three boys, I'm ready to move into something that doesn't need as much upkeep. So... as we think about the future, stuff just needs to go. And you know what? Even if we didn't need to downsize, I now know I want less stuff. But I said that already, didn't I?
Here's the rub... I'm very much a process person. I'm all about process. In just about every area in my life. I want to know how things work, why they work, how someone thought of a thing in the first place. I want to know why people do the things they do. Even if understanding these things is beyond me, I'm curious enough to slow down and ponder something for a bit. So, you can imagine, as I sort through things, I want to recall memories, I want to consider why I kept a thing in the first place. And inevitably, I get distracted.
Hubs, on the other hand, isn't what I'd call a process person. About much, anyway... And, as you can possibly imagine, being on opposite ends of the process/product continuum, can cause a lot of conflict. In retirement, there seems to be a little more patience on both our parts toward the other, but our general personalities haven't (and won't) change.
That said, the 30-Day Minimalism Game actually helped me in my processing. It didn't change me into being less about the process, but it helped me get through some of my processing more quickly. It made me more efficient. And I experienced the euphoria of letting go and getting free. I like to think I got some clarity that will carry me forward.
I'm hoping to move forward here - writing and sharing about downsizing, minimalizing, getting clarity about stuff, getting clarity about letting go of stuff. I'm not sure what that will look like. I don't know if I'll post once a week, or once a month about it, but I do know I want to share what I'm learning and experiencing. So stay tuned! 😉
Sunday posts (for the time being, at least) will continue to be Year of Project posts - where I share what I'm creating and anything related to that part of my life. And scattered throughout a month I may randomly write posts about the process (and, hopefully, results) of downsizing. Or I may find a rhythm to regularly sharing about it. We'll see.
Either way, I plan to share what I come across that is helpful to me in downsizing and minimalizing this year. Tips and inspiration for working through getting rid of stuff, and figuring out what motivates me. I expect to link to others' blog posts, books, articles - anything that helps me and inspires me. I already know of one person who's using January to downsize. 😃 I'll link to her blog tomorrow and I look forward to finding inspiration from her in the next month.
If you're downsizing or decluttering too, it would be great to hear from you. If you're a blogger and downsizing, I'd very much like to follow your journey.
Come join me, or just follow along. I'll take the company and encouragement any way it comes!