I think that after a while, we can all come to the point when we realize that, no matter how much we don't want it to be true, we all have STUFF that we don't need or for that matter want. After a lot, A LOT of great examples from other bloggers and books, I rolled up the sleeves and jumped into it. Now, I need to preface this by saying that I am in no way finished with this job. As usual, LIFE seemed to creep in every time I would get a good rhythm going. But, little by little, I have been purging. I can truly say that I am not a stuff person. I hate clutter in every form, but somehow it always seems to get in there. I would compare it to a tick. Yes, a tick. Ticks are tiny arachnids (did you know they were an arachnid and not a bug? Go figure . . .) Anyway, they hide on tall grass and bushes (like sagebrush) and wait to attach themselves to passersby to do their damage. Stuff is a lot the same but in reverse. Stuff gets carried around by "passersby" and waits for the most opportune time to break free and find a nice comfy spot to "hide" for as long as it can. I am sick and tired of stuff!
So, I have started to go through EVERYTHING in my house and if it has not been used in the last 6 months to a year, it is gone. As I have gone on this journey, I have been pretty surprised at what I have saved. I thought I did a thorough job when we moved into this house almost 2 years ago, but here I am with boxes and boxes and sacks and sacks full of stuff to get rid of. UGH!!!!!!!
The positives to purging? Less STUFF to take care of!!!!! I started with my kids rooms first and it has been great to see that it is easier for them to take care of things when there is less of it. With the littles, I also did a good job of putting things up out of reach for the simple reason that they must now ask for things to play with. Now, before I get a bunch of comments, they still have a couple of items on their bookshelf along with all their books, but I want them to learn that they have to take care of this before getting that.
I have since moved onto the basement, which is currently under construction ( and may I say that the head contractor, ya he's a hottie!) anyway, I have been going through the boxes of STUFF that reside temporarily there and I will admit that after 12 years of marriage, I just threw away all the cards that people gave us at our wedding. Yikes, I know!! I've had it and now, I won't have any of it! So it is still a work in progress, but it is progressing and that is encouraging.