The Simple Life

A couple of weeks ago I met up with one of my friends for lunch and a shopping date. Her and her boyfriend are currently in the process of building a house, in the meantime, the house they were living in sold and instead of shelling out excess money on a rental, they, with their 2 dogs, decided to live in their Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer for the remainder of the build. Of course I was asking her all about how that was going, I can’t imagine living out of a space that small, especially now with Brynlee. However, she said that it was actually quite freeing! They had moved their over 2000 square foot house entirely into either the travel trailer or a storage unit, which is sizably smaller than their old house. As a result, they had to get rid of pretty much anything and everything that they didn’t absolutely need. Then they had to decide on what was needed for them to live on a day to day basis to keep in the trailer. I kept commenting on how I had no idea how they were doing it, but she explained that living without excess made your life much simpler. You use what you have and beyond that you don’t have a choice. It’s easy to keep your space clutter free and has made them much happier! Then there is me, I am a self-proclaimed collector, my husband calls it hoarding…  But there are just certain things that I love having. For instance, I love to entertain, so I have ton of serving ware, platters, pitchers, bowls, trays and even though I have plenty of items to have a dinner party every time I go to Target or Home Goods or any other home store I find that I have to restrain myself from buying more. Then they are the random things that just collect in our home that I don’t even realize. I recently cleaned out a closet and found 12 flower vases in there!!! I couldn’t believe it, if you would have asked me previously how many vases I had I would have said 2 maybe 3, but I guess it’s true, out of sight out of mind. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, having that conversation with my friend really inspired me to de-clutter my home, thereby, de-cluttering my life. The first step, cleaning out that closet with all those vases I didn’t know I had, I mean, if I don’t even know that I have something, do I really need it??? I think not… So that closet lead to cleaning out another closet which lead to having a lot of trash and a big pile to take to Goodwill. Already I feel happier about it and now when I open those closet doors I no longer cringe, plus by donating items to Goodwill it feels good to know that the items I no longer use (or never used) will find a new home and hopefully be put to good use (that was always my excuse before, I felt bad about just throwing something that was perfectly fine away). So, my husband loaded up the car and off to Goodwill we went! And Goodwill makes it so easy to donate, we just pulled up to the Goodwill Drop off:


And we were greeted by a very friendly Goodwill employee who happily helped us empty our car:


And off we went, it took less than 10 minutes, so I really have no more excuses! I still have a lot more to go through and get rid of, but just by seeing what a difference just cleaning those 2 closets has made, its keeping me motivated to continue through the rest of my house and see what else I have that I don’t even know about…


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