Monday, July 16, 2012

What Happens Next?

Since coming home from my vacation at the cottage, I've been in a bit of a funk.  Things there were so simple.   Get up, start the stove for food and hot water, eat, clean, straighten up the six chairs in the living room, sweep the bark from the floor, get the stove ready for lunch....

Then I come home and am bombarded by all these things that I have surrounded myself with.  Kids, animals, craft projects, books.... It is overwhelming and kind of depressing.  I go on and on about how I would like to simplify but I never do it.  But simple makes me feel good, so I really don't have a choice now do I?

Now, I cannot just pick up and move my family to the woods...(most of them wouldn't come anyway), I have to figure something else out.  I need to PRIORITIZE.  I am wincing here, that's a swear word if I ever heard one.  And in the spirit of my new endeavor...I will keep my priorities simple.

1.  Family
2.  Home
3.  Creativity
4.  Finances

I'm thinking of going with a Less Is More theme.  So I'm getting rid of a few kids.  KIDDING.  They all can stay...well except for the one going to college next month.

Opening her graduation present- an IPOD all sparkling and new.  
So here is my SIMPLIFY BOX, yes it's a cardboard Huggies box.  It may be like trying to save the Titanic with a tea cup, but I am going to fill this box every day for a month and donate it to Goodwill.  I am not going to think about value or how much I could sell the item for on eBay.  There is more worth in my goal then in my potential Paypal account.

When I am done, I would like to be left with the things that I truly love.  And then I will start on my shop.  Remember this?

Ok, so maybe two months and a bigger box.  Anyone have one of those freight containers I could borrow?

Wish me luck,


  1. I am wishing you LOTS of luck! And I think I shall join you in this simple thing. I have always said I would not mind at all if someone backed up a big ole truck and just loaded it up with all my stuff. Please! That would save me tons of time and headaches. But no one has done that yet. So I will have to. That's a good idea with the box. I might have to do several though.

  2. Bless your heart. We haven't moved in ages but I love to move because I off load bunches of stuff. Now I am ready to boot EVERYTHING to the curb. It's just stuff and I don't need it ALL. jeesh.

    Thank goodness everyone is done downsizing [and dying for that matter] because I don't have to wait for yet another truck of their cast offs to show up. I like the memories, but really.

    If you call the 800 number for Lupus [google Lupus donations] they will set up a day and come and pick up ANYTHING you leave at the curb - on the day YOU pick. And they will come out as many times as it takes over as many months as you need. I say they will take anything, but we haven't tried kids, dogs or chemicals - but so far everything else we could think of. Good luck.