I have experienced first hand the benefits of de-cluttering and creating space. The sense of calm, feeling organized and feeling lighter both in our home and minds. A key benefit for me is that with 4 kids (and a cat named Wes) I don’t have the time or energy to put into cleaning and organizing. By eliminating a lot of our possessions, I have created a home I love and one that I can clean in a fraction of the time it used to take. Everything has a place (if it doesn’t its goes)and there isn’t actually a lot of stuff.
That being said, with a large family we still manage to accumulate more than we need. And so I created a summer challenge for myself (and the rest of the family though participation levels varied).
Its simple: 10 days, 10 rooms (or spaces) and 10 items. Every day for the last 10 days we picked a room and got rid of 10 things. The items could be anything from near empty bottles of shampoo to old school papers to clothing. Some stuff went into the recycling, some into the garbage and the rest into our donation bins we keep in the garage. I did get a little carried away at one point and actually emptied out the living room into the backyard…but thats another blog!
At the end of the 10 days I can see the difference and most importantly feel it. This is a great way to start the process of simplifying your life. Its quick, easy and doesn’t overwhelm. Try it and share your experience with us!