I don’t think anyone who knows me would call me a packrat. I’m not very sentimental about stuff, and I like to keep the house really well organized, which means tossing all kinds of things. Recently though, I’ve been reading a lot about minimalism, and I have to say, I have a LOT of stuff.
There’s quite the range of people calling themselves minimalists out there. From single guys who own less than 100 items to minimalist moms who just try to keep a handle on the toy situation, and lots in between. Reading about minimalism has caused me to go on a purging kick, and I’ve thrown out at least 10 black garbage bags full of stuff! Why have I been holding on to all this stuff, and why didn’t I do this before we paid movers to move us into our new house??? The 10 bags were in addition to the boxes we’ve brought to Goodwill, and the stuff I’m trying to sell on Kijiji. And I still feel like there is so much more to be purged.
One of the things I read that really made an impact on me was the idea that organizing and decluttering are not the same thing; organized clutter is still clutter. And organized clutter is not minimalism. I’ve been thinking about that as the storage containers that I’ve emptied pile up in a corner of the basement. I put 7 rubbermaid bins aside; not to mention the pile of baskets and smaller storage containers that I had stashed all around the house. All the stuff they used to hold is gone; I can’t even remember what it was! And don’t tell the kids, but I’ve tossed 3 garbage bags full of toys – and they haven’t even noticed!!
When we moved here, we decided that one side of the basement would be for a playroom, and the other for storage. For a number of reasons we’ve since decided to switch the playroom and the storage, and I am on a mission to get rid of as much stuff as I can so that the switch is easier to pull off. Reading about minimalism has certainly helped me take the plunge.
If you’re interested in learning more, the following blogs are pretty interesting:
Image: I love Clutter by Sindesign (Flickr Creative Commons)