Saturday, April 3, 2010
I'm sure most of you have heard of him, he's on TLC's Clean Sweep and he's the author of several books, one of which I have checked out of the library. It's called It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff. The premise is de-cluttering your home/office/garage or what have you. The reason I got this book was because we have a small home and too much stuff. The hubbs and I have lived here for 6 years and have accumulated tons of stuff. I'm not a good housekeeper and have struggled for many years in that department. Since having Baby J, I've turned it around somewhat, but my sewing area is a wreck, the "office" to put it lightly is a mess, and the kitchen seems to be a catch all for all things that don't have a 'place'. I love my hubby dearly and he's a very neat person, but he likes things. He still has every CD he's every purchased (think 250 or more) + he loves movies, so he has at least 100 DVDs. He also loves history and has a Master's in it so he has lots of books and movies and what not that pertain to his teaching. So, what am I getting at? Well, it's time to get this stuff out of here. I'm tired of my clutter, his clutter and the kids' clutter. It's all too much! We only have 900sqft on any given day to live in. With 4 humans roaming around, that's ends up being a lot of stuff we need.
The good thing in reading this book is realizing how much stuff we think we need. Tonight the hubbs went through all of his DVDs and has so far gotten rid of a large stack of them. This has been very hard for him and I'm so proud. He also went through all of mine and got rid of 75% of them. We agreed that if we want to see them again we can just rent them from Netflix.
My mom and I are planning a garage sale this Friday, if the weather permits. Whatever the hubbs doesn't want to put on DVDSwap will go in the G-sale. Later this week I'll be posting my hints for having a top-notch garage sale that will make you some serious cash :)
We have a long road ahead of us but it will be so rewarding at the end. I'll keep you all posted on our progress as we go through the house and garage.
What are the areas in your home that tend to get cluttered? Do you collect anything that you could pare down?
Happy Easter everyone :)