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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.

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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. . .

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 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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