Last week, I shared my current struggle with feeling overwhelmed by the amount of “stuff” we have in our home. Somehow over the years we seemed to have piled on more things without letting go of the old ones.  Not that having material things is a bad thing, but it has gotten to the point where my time is now being split between cleaning and organizing our stuff or spending time with my kids. It doesnt seem like it’s a difficult choice to make, but when your house is upside down you don’t have peace of mind.  Last week, I started our ten week journey towards a minimalism. It was a difficult week and I was faced with tough decisions while going through our things. We started with a neutral space (our kitchen) which made the purging a bit easier.  We sifted through each of our cabinets and drawers and kept a few principles in mind:

  1. Take your time- we decided to break the house up in ten sections starting with the kitchen (because there’s less emotional attachment to our kitchenware)  This allowed us to plan and purge a little bit at a time and not feel completely overwhelmed.
  2. If I haven’t used it in the past year get rid of it- we don’t cook much anymore so there are a lot of appliances that we no longer use (like our small fryer and rice cooker) We’re also trying to improve our diet so we only kept appliances and gadgets that align with our goals.
  3. Get rid of duplicates- this only pertains to bigger utensils and kitchen gadgets. We made sure we had four spoons, four knives four forks etc. we also made sure we kept at least two sippy cups for grace
  4. Don’t keep items out of guilt -goodbye grandma spoon
  5. Give everything a home- no more junk drawers!
  6. Keep the goal in mind- repeat it to yourself while you’re sifting through things
  7. After you purged, step away from it and purge again

I might be adding to this list as the weeks go on, but so far this list kept me on track.

here’s a picture of two of our cabinets.

We organized the cups, plates and coffee materials close to the bottom because we use those every day, while tupperware, wine and champagne glasses further away.

The bag on the bottom is full of stuff we’re tossing/selling/ giving away (we have two other bags by the door)

 Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to purging?  I’ll gladly welcome any help I can get.