simplifying // week one

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to get rid of half of the stuff we own. I wasn’t clear about this in my resolution post, but I don’t intend to just throw away everything I don’t want. My desire is to systematically and thoughtfully try to find homes for things, and if there is no good home only then will the items end up in the wastebasket. To keep myself on track, I’m going to write a weekly post (time permitting) about my journey to simplify. I’m not sure if these posts will interest anyone, but sometimes I have to blog just for myself.

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  • This week I did some cleaning out of my cloffice (my closet office). One of the things I found was a huge stack of photos from my daughter’s preschool, where I also worked. Instead of binning the whole thing, I pulled out the photos of the kids whose parents I’m still in contact with, and sent them off in the mail to them. I felt like that was their proper home. (I also got to send some letters in the process, which is another one of my resolutions for this year — more snail mail!)
  • I also cleaned out our kitchen “junk drawer” which allowed me to move some of our commonly used tools out of one location (which wasn’t ideal) into the kitchen. In the process I did throw away quite a few odds and ends, but I didn’t feel like they were something that could be re-homed.
  • Last week I cleaned out the cabinet under the microwave. Holy moly — that thing was a mess! I am pleased with the simplicity I gained just by organizing the space better and relocating some items.
  • In the week ahead I’d like to concentrate on getting Zane’s closet into a more orderly state. The biggest problems we have in this house (in terms of clutter) are paper and stuffed animals. We have WAY too many stuffed animals.
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Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.

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  1. January 8, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    I love this. I have been a pro-simplifier for so long now. It started from a need to gain a sense of control emotionally but I had to start somewhere! it’s been years and years of letting go now and it’s a way of life! I also sent off a letter this week and thought of you!

  2. January 8, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    Kate I hear ya! It’s painful. Tarah the “letting go” part is so hard for me. I am the most sentimental person ever. But, I also know that accumulating stuff is not beneficial to me in the long run.

  3. January 8, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    This is my New Years resolution too! We will definitely be swapping some ideas…lol…happy organizing!!!

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