Jamie and I are on a quest to simplify. I don’t really know when it started, but somehow we ended up here, questioning every single one of our possessions and “needs”. When Jamie first got saved, he dumped everything. He even gave away his bed and slept on the floor for a very long time after coming home from a mission trip. He needed to purge his old life, the good, the bad, the neutral, in order to start a new life. So many times our stuff, the things we think we need, get in the way of what life is really all about. We aren’t in a place where we are just getting rid of everything, but we are seriously questioning everything. Do we really need a set of 12 glass punch cups? Do we really need 2 waffle makers, even if they do bake different shapes? Do we really need 3 bedrooms? Do we really need a tv? Do we really need all these clothes that just sit in the laundry basket or get shoved to the back of the closet because we never wear them?
We started in the closets, purging every piece of clothing that hadn’t been worn in a month or so. We got our closet cleaned out, organized, and were able to consolodate into one dresser. Which meant that one dresser was empty and ready to leave the house. Then we moved into the kitchen. We packed away all but a set of 4 of everything. I knew that at some point we would have more than 2 other people over, so we did keep the extra place settings, but we packed them up so they don’t get used every day. I mean, really, is it that hard to wash 4 dishes a day as opposed to grabbing a new dish everytime until you end up with empty cabinets and a messy kitchen? Then my purging turned to Charlotte’s stash-o-everything. That child has more of everything than is ever necessary. I am so grateful for wonderful friends and family who bless us with just about everything we need for Charlotte. And my word did we get blessed with stuff. So I wanted to bless someone else with our excess. I packed up all the things that she didn’t wear but I wanted to keep for future children, then everything else went to Good Will. Charlotte went through such an exaggerated growth spurt that she completely skipped a couple of clothing sizes, so I had a lot of things with the tags still on them!
And now we are turning our simplicity campaign towards our house search. Part of the reason we are selling our house is to simplify. We want to be able to save more money and have more disposable income to give where it is needed. And while you can get amazing deals right now on houses, and technically we could get a larger house for less money than we pay for ours right now, but how is that helping us simplify? So we are on a search for what will really fit our family’s NEEDS and not just WANTS.
In what ways have you simplified your family’s life?