I like keeping a fairly small wardrobe, try not to buy too much stuff, and believe that living with less is more fulfilling and less stressful. (Interested in the topic, too? I wrote a big recap at the beginning of the year with all kinds of resources for decluttering, taking control of your finances, and natural cleaning.)
The thing with living with less clutter is that you’ve never arrived. Sort of like owning your own business, you can’t just stop working at it and assume it will continue to be successful. I’m not careful, the clutter builds up and builds up and suddenly I look around and wonder where all my hard work went.
Since I’ve moved at least every 3 years (my WHOLE LIFE), I’m used to doing a big purge when I move. But as of this month, I’ve lived in this apartment for the longest I have ever lived anywhere since I was 8.
Which means I’m getting the urge to purge.
ALL MY STUFF.
So. Today is the 14th day of my summer purge.
So, not ALL my stuff. But 400 items. I’m loosely following this guide. A lot of it doesn’t apply to me, but it’s a great starting point. I copied the list into Evernote and added check boxes by each day.
One thing to note: I’m not getting rid of Mike’s stuff. Which makes it even HARDER. I have about two dozen books, he has about two hundred books (and let’s not discuss the CD and tape situation.) He’s not as into crazy lady decluttering as I am, and I don’t want to nag or force him. That just means I have to dig a little deeper and find more junk to get rid of that isn’t his. Marital peace > decluttering. Until the clutter affects the marital peace.