But things change when you add a husband and children to the mix. Suddenly it's not just my belongings, but that of 8 of us that are building up in our home!
Last Saturday Margy enlightened us with some sobering statistics about the stuff we hang on to and some fresh ideas to cut back and be free of the clutter.
One that really hit me was that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time! So true. Even for my children. My elder two girls will wear the same couple of outfits each ALL the time! And I wonder why we bother keeping so many clothes for them that they don't wear. But I'm just as bad. There were (I say WERE because upon returning from this workshop I reevaluated the wardrobe and turfed out a LOT of clothes!) far too many clothing items that I hardly ever wear. Especially skirts, because skirts and farming aren't especially compatible!
Margy had collected some great ideas to inspire us to simplify our lives. One was to look at each item and rather than asking "do I really need this?" asking "does this bring me joy?"
Another idea was to treat the op-shop like your storage space...ie if you don't use something often, why not just op-shop it and if you happen to need it again, go and inexpensively replace it by buying another at an op shop.
The most extreme idea was to have a 'packing party' where you invite several friends over and box up everything you own...then as you need things, pull them out again to use and all the stuff that is left boxed and obviously not needed can be discarded. I can't imagine going to the effort of boxing up everything unless moving house! But it's probably a great drastic measure to help severe hoarders!
Some of us love to prune like this, but have family members who are hoarders. Some advice in this instance, was to make boundaries and let your family member know that you need at least one room or space in your home that is clutter free. Some breathing space.
Another simple idea, is that when a new item is brought into the home, turf an item out in exchange.
Thanks to all who came and shared their ideas and stories, it was a fun and helpful morning!