You all know the phrase Less is more. And it’s true for almost anything. It’s true for make-up, the amount of cleaning solution you use and especially for the amount of stuff in your house. Honestly, sometimes I just want to post an add online saying All my stuff – free – come and get it! But of course then I wouldn’t have a bed, or plates or a computer to write this blog from. No, I guess there’s a lot of good stuff in my home as well. A lot of stuff serves a purpose, it’s either useful, beautiful or makes me happy in some other way. Unfortunately, I also have a lot of stuff that doesn’t serve a purpose (anymore). I’m desperately trying to get rid of it all, but it seems like every time I open a closet or drawer there’s more junk.
Just these past few days, I’ve been taking a look at our books, DVD’s, CD’s, etc. And I’ve collected this huge pile of items that can go. I’m not getting rid of them to create more space, or because I have to in some way. I’m getting rid of them because they no longer serve a purpose. I have a pile of CD’s for example, but we haven’t used a CD-player in years. I know there’s one upstairs somewhere, but I honestly don’t think we’ll ever put it in the living room.
I’ll ask Bas to digitalize the ones I like, and then get rid of them with the rest. I realize others might still enjoy having CD’s so I’m selling them for 1 or 2 euros a piece. I’m also selling a bunch of DVD’s, some books, blu-ray’s and games. This way I’ll get them out of my house and have some extra money to show for it. Other items I’m just giving away because I realize they are hardly worth any money, but they still might make some people happy. There are some local Facebookgroups, dedicated to either selling or giving away stuff. This way, people can come pick things up and no one has to pay for shipping. This makes it much easier to sell cheaper items. No one is going to pay 7 Euros in shipping for a 2 Euro item, so trying to sell local is my best bet.
Since I don’t have a job, I spend much more time cleaning, maintaining and tidying the house. Whenever I’m cleaning a cupboard, or a shelf, I always check if everything I put back in there still has a purpose. Since I started doing this, there’s always been a pile of stuff that needs to go. It seems like every time the pile is almost gone, I find a whole new pile to add to it. It can be tiring, but I realize all too well, keeping all this junk would be way more tiring in the end. Having too much stuff in your house really eats away at your energy. It clutters up rooms, makes things look messy, reminds you of unfinished business and keeps you from feeling at ease in your own home.
And I must say. Now that the shelves and drawers aren’t crammed with stuff anymore, I actually feel lighter. I feel more at ease and cleaning takes less time. Every day I feel a bit more at home. Our house isn’t finished by a long shot, but it’s ok, because I see progress everywhere and I know it’s only a matter of time before everything is exactly the way we want it to be.
If you’re having a hard time getting rid of things, try to only get rid of 1 item a day. This’ll make less of an immediate impact, but it will do a lot of good in the long run. That’s how I started out doing it. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the commentbox or on our Facebookpage.