When I returned from our vacation last month, I had a renewed resolve to clear out some of the clutter in my house. I enjoyed our stay in our vacation rental home so much. I was so relaxed, at ease, happy. Yes, I was on vacation which accounted for some of it, but I figured out another reason why this rental home made me feel peaceful and seemed so spacious, in spite of the fact that it was at least 30% smaller than my own home.
There was no clutter.
The kitchen cabinets were stocked with the essentials, but not overloaded with the accumulation of fifteen years of "extras."
There were towels, blankets, and pillows aplenty, but they did not overflow their assigned space.
Oh yes, they even had books, but they were contained to the bookcase, not stacked up on both sides of the bed (and piled under the bed), hidden in end-table drawers, and misplaced in every room of the house.
I always find that when I'm in that motivated frame of mind, an additional encouraging influence is always helpful. I was browsing amazon, and decided to buy It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh (for the bargain price of $6.99!). It's definitely helping. So far none of the information is ground-breakingly original, but I need the reminder. I am mostly focusing on what I really need, as opposed to just trying to find a place for what I have.
I posted Tackle It Tuesday today at 5 Minutes for Mom, sharing about how I got rid of all the extra towels and linens and hauled them away. Read more HERE. I'm not finished. Amanda's stuff is in need of some serious downsizing, and the basement is storing things that I probably don't even need.