I have a new goal for 100 Days of Awesome.
There was a time in my life, when I was finishing college, that I had very little. I rid myself of television, junk I barely used, and most of my furniture. I had my bed, my books, and my kitchen with food. It was so damn simple! I loved it.Vacuuming was easy. Cleaning was easy. Everything took 30 minutes a week to maintain.
With two girls I know that isn’t possible anymore, but could be better. I am ridding myself of anything I no longer need or use. I am simplifying my home as much as I possibly can. As the saying goes, “The more you own, the more that owns you.”
Over the last 5 days I have read a book called, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” It was on the New York Times best sellers list for a while. I must admit, I was intrigued. The author, who also has an endless stream of clients asking for help, states quite often, that her method was developed after years of research into how we clean and organize our lives. I was skeptical at first, but as I get further into it, I see that what she is saying makes a lot of sense. This is my weekend.
The first step is to go through everything, put it in your hand and ask, “Does this spark joy?” Seriously, she wants me to ask myself if it sparks joy. It’s quite a mind bending experience to sit with an old computer power cable, or an old t-shirt from college, and ask that. If I feel it does, I keep it. If not, I get rid of it. I have a ton of garbage bags and am going through everything. According to her, I may end up having a lot of garbage. So far I have around 10 bags filled to the top.
We all know the feeling of having a really clean house. It feels like your mind is clean. The author’s selling point is that, when finished, your house will be easier to maintain. I want that. Even as I give my daughters more and more responsibilities, I find I am spending way too much time trying to keep my house in order. I just don’t have the time to constantly go, from room-to-room, cleaning.
I thought it would be smart to do it with my kids as well. If they bring me joy, I will keep them. If not, they’re out the door.
Seriously, if it does end up being something that really works, I will teach them as well. My youngest loves to save every little thing she finds. I once found 20 empty toilet paper rolls in a drawer that she was using for her Littlest Pet Shops. It’s cute, but also just ends up being more crap to deal with.
I’m off to simplify my home! Joy!
I haven’t exactly loved the last few days, throwing stuff out, but I know I will be thankful for it soon.
I lived today.