Collection vs Clutter Part 2
Hello again and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for checking back in with us for Part II of the “Collection versus Clutter” blog! There is a popular trend going around on how to trash 40 BAGS (of STUFF) in 40 DAYS, have you heard about it? Well, I have, and personally, I LOVE IT. But, I’m a goals and deadlines kind of gal, so this sort of thing totally works for me! Now, let me be CLEAR, this topic is always hard for me to write about because we have NEVER EVER bought a home. That certainly does not mean we haven’t had one or that we have never felt “at home”. Quite the opposite, actually. If you are like us, and many in the Military, OUR STUFF IS OUR HOME. So with that in mind, let me walk and talk you through my personal plan to help you achieve balance and organization in your HOME in 2017. We already know that we are moving back to the States in six months. So I am on a mission to purge our house of the unnecessary!
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know it to be useful or believe to be beautiful”~~ William Morris.
HOW TO COMBAT CLUTTER:
Five Things to Consider:
I began my personal mission this past week and can’t believe how just a little bit of work each day has made such a big and immediate difference in my home. One thing for certain is that instead of looking around and seeing the chaos (all indicative of an active and busy life!), I am seeing a home that we live in and enjoy. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the beginning, but I guarantee you, the effort is worth it! I haven’t taken the outcast bags anywhere yet (I have plans for sell, donate, and trash) but it is so rewarding to see them stacked alongside the garage wall! It’s all the motivation I need to continue my mission! And the most amazing part about all of this is replacing the chaos with peace. WHO doesn’t want a little bit more of that?
Thank you for continuing to follow our Moving With The Military journey! We are committed to helping you make your home and lifestyle much more enjoyable while assisting you with home decor, solutions, tips and advice along the way!
Until next time,
1/8/2017 10:18:23 pm
Golly! I was reading this post aloud to DH because we were JUST this evening talking about decluttering and the fact that we will likely see a PCS in the next 9 to 12 months. When I got to the part about "our stuff is our home," I choked up so hard I couldn't keep reading right away. It's so true, which is why it's so hard to part with stuff, even if it is no longer truly useful, and I guess I choked up because the things that make up our home often have meaningful memories attached to them. There's this basket that I bought while I was out shopping one day with my best Fort Riley friend. It is not just a "thing" to me, even though it's no longer something I use; haven't used it in probably four years. It's a piece of a memory of a dear friend that makes me smile every time I look at it and remember that day we spent together.
1/9/2017 04:18:08 am
Isn't it the truth? So many memories attached to so many of our belongings. You CAN keep those things! It's getting rid of the CLUTTER junk that will allow you to hold onto those cherished items!
1/10/2017 08:43:15 am
Love your zone concept. It creates a checklist, organization and breaks it down into manageable chunks. Great idea.
1/19/2017 05:33:02 am
Thank you so much for creating and sharing the zone checklist! I have started so many times to declutter, but find that I get overwhelmed very quickly. This checklist will allow me to focus on baby steps to achieve my goal. Thanks!
1/20/2017 03:59:31 am
Exactly!!! Nothing wrong with a slow moving train (like me!) As long as it's moving in the right direction!
2/14/2017 03:08:35 am
Ok. Reading Feb and going backward, so now I won't wait until next year. SO INSPIRED!!! Thank you, Jill. One room at a time, slow and steady.
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