A lot of people have asked me why on earth would I want to move my family of seven from our comfortable suburban existence out to the country. We've finally replaced every expensive comfort item in our house (roof, AC, furnace, etc), and --knowing us -- we will go back to another fixer-upper and have to do the same thing all over again. We are gluttons for punishment.
Well, there are some obvious reasons, but today I'll just give you one: Moving makes you deal with your junk.
We've been in this house for six years, and, even if we only keep a few items each, when we multiply everything by seven, and it's easy to see how every possible closet, drawer, hamper and cabinet spills out with stuff.
And since I'm not the kind to deal with things until they reach crisis mode, a move creates a pseudo-crisis that gives my tired brain the final impetus to GET RID OF IT.
Here's my project from last week: My craft/gift wardrobe. We bought this antique wardrobe for $200 because our last house had no closets. It now takes up a nice place in my living room and has been hiding all this. I forgot to take the picture before I'd already taken that entire trash bag full of who-knows-what out of it:
Okay, and now that I look at the "after" picture, it really doesn't look that much better, but I will have you note that each bin and drawer is labeled, so that no member of this family has the right to cram the crepe paper from their party in with the craft lace or the hot glue gun. I've noticed that people WILL put something away if there is a specific place for it, which explains why things always got shoved in randomly, wherever there was an open space, in the previous arrangement.
Ahhhh. That feels so good!
And, by the way, the whole thing - which I'd put off literally for YEARS - took less than two hours. Why, oh WHY do I put off these things?? I amaze myself sometimes.
Over the weekend I took out every item in my kitchen that I don't use regularly. Some things will go into storage, but most of it is going to the Goodwill. Do I really need FOUR plastic pitchers? I don't think so. No wonder I couldn't keep everything straight in the cabinet.
Now I'm heading to the next room to do the same thing. My goal is to pare it down to exactly what we use so that I don't have to pack and move even one thing that we don't need. I'm beginning to think I'd make a pretty good minimalist.