Project: Simplify

We recently moved back into our small duplex after 4 months in Africa.

For the few months we lived here before we moved, we used one of the five rooms (count: bedroom, bathroom, living room, “other” room, kitchen) as a storage facility. We hid all of our junk nicely behind two large Japanese rolling blind, and hid ourselves from this monstrosity:

Dreadful, isn’t it?

That’s our new storage facility we have rented, filled with lots of our precious and not-so-precious stuff. As the wonderful Dr. and I have spent the last few days sorting and moving, I have come to this realization:

I have too much stuff.

Really, it’s ridiculous!!! Who NEEDS that much stuff that they aren’t using to sit in a storage facility?
None of us, dear friend.

So today, I begin a new project:

Over the next few weeks I am going to be working on ways to rid our lives of stuff we really don’t need. Perhaps keep the stuff we do.

What about you? Do you have a space that needs cleaning? Do you have too much stuff that someone else could benefit from?  Have you ever gotten rid of excess? How did you do it?

I would love any and all ideas from you as I begin to embark on this (slightly terrifying) journey.
I would love for you to join me on a journey of your own!

It’ll be fun…and good for the soul.

~ Melissa

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jen Robbins on June 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    just throw stuff out. most of it you won’t miss anyway. i keep one rubbermaid container of memory stuff. when it gets too full and i need to add to it, i have to get rid of something. i mean, seriously, do i need every note i wrote in the seventh grade? i also don’t keep stuff that i think i’ll use one day. if i’m not using it right now in the house i’m in, i get rid of it. garage sales are a great way to get rid of a lot and feel like you are at least getting something in return.

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  2. Posted by ashley hankins on June 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    There’s a great website called freecycle.org. you can get on there and post stuff you are giving away and people will come take it off your hands. They have local chapters everywhere including Tulsa.

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  3. Posted by Jeffcoach on June 15, 2010 at 12:07 am

    In my experience, free sales are much more fun than yard sales. It is way more fun to see someone excited to get something not worth much anyway than to haggle over 50 cents with a stranger. Love to see you guys wrestling with the great dilemma of “stuff”.

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