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How Much . . . is Enough?

As I've already mentioned this month, I am in interested in creating space and simplifying my life.  

Last year, when I was exploring possibility, I came to realize that I needed to create space for myself first.  I started with my closet.  I whittled my wardrobe down to just those items that I really love (plus a few just-in-cases).  It feels so good to look in my closet now.  And, in nearly a year, I haven't missed a thing that I discarded!  (Not one item.)

I am a fairly neat and organized person.  I am not a packrat or hoarder.  I don't have trouble tossing things out.  For most of my adult life, though, I've been constantly organizing closets, drawers, my desk, the countertops.  I purchase organizational bins and baskets and tools all the time.  Yet I still feel cluttered and unorganized . . . and always in need of more organizing!

What is up with that???

What I've realized is that . . . I just have too much stuff.

I don't need to organize.  I need to minimize.

So this year, I'm taking simplification to a a whole new level.  I'm going to really explore . . . how much do I need?  How much . . . is enough?

This weekend, I KonMari'd my office space and began my purging in earnest.  It was shocking to see that, in my top desk drawer alone, I had . . .

  • enough binder clips to last me longer than forever;
  • all of the index cards I will ever need; 
  • standard staples to last any future generations of my family through their lifetimes;
  • and a clear understanding that most of my favorite basic Bic pens will dry up before I ever need to use them.

(Really.  It's shocking how many post-it notes I had in my desk.)

I've been spending quite a bit of time on Josh Becker's Becoming Minimalist website -- a great place to begin if you're interested in minimizing.  One of his suggestions for finding out how little you actually need . . . is to remove items -- and see if you miss them.

So I took a challenge, and quickly removed over 30 items in my kitchen utensil drawer.


I'm pretty sure I won't even miss these items. . . because I either don't use them, or I have duplicates or triplicates . . . or even more-plicates.

(And you should see my utensil drawers now!  Neat.  Orderly.  And I didn't even need to organize it.  I just put the things I DO need back.  Less = neater.)

That gave me the strength to go through one little under-cupboard. . . where I got rid of these items. . .


 And so it begins.

What I learned this weekend is that I'm pretty certain I can live with a LOT less than I have!  And 2015 is going to be the year I explore . . . just how much . . . is enough!


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Less stuff means more room for living! It's the space between items in my closet and my drawers that brings calm, peace, and joy. You're going to love space.


In all my previous attempts to declutter, it has never really sunk in that I just have too much stuff. I'm going right now to clean out a few spaces in my kitchen and see if I miss the things. Thanks!


ooh Pyrex does not enter my removal pile, plastic does though, and corning....


I just did my desk drawer and I'm doing my kitchen utensil crap as soon as I get home! Thank-you for kick starting this Monday!


Oh, me too. I haven't been as methodical in my paring down and purging, but it is getting done -- a little each day. I am amazed. And inspired. There's a "space" in my living room that started it all, I see it everyday and it makes me so happy. I want more!!


I am on the same journey. Are you going to donate or have a yard sale? I've donated a ton of stuff, but I still have a very scary basement to tackle.


Oh you've now got me motivated to pare down big time. Thanks!!!


Can you please explain this theory to Dale?


I love what Margene said about finding peace & joy in the space between. It is calming! (but whoa, those ceramic bread pans make me want to bake!)


Sometimes I think some of the big box stores are responsible for my accumulation of so many multiples of things. I still have a box of Sharpies that I bought in the 1990s. It just re-surfaced when I went looking for one of my many post-it pads I acquired from the same store. On the one hand I congratulate myself that I don't have to buy new Sharpies at current prices, but on the other hand, it is possible - I haven't checked yet - that the ink has already dried out.

Cheryl S.

Three is enough.

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