One of my biggest challenges in our new (to us) rental is finding the space and the means to keep things tidy and organized in a much smaller space. I am on a mission. Who wants to live life in a mess? I am here to tell you that life is beautiful and that no matter the size of your place you can clean up the dust, tuck things away in pretty baskets and throw open the windows to let a fresh breeze into your day.
When we were packing our house to make this move, we parted with so much stuff. Including a lot of clothes and furniture. We donated box after box to Goodwill. We had a big garage sale and sold things on Craigslist. What didn’t sell and was left on moving day, Mr. Marvelous marketed to the movers themselves.
Sir, would you like this in the truck?
That depends, would you pay me $75 for it?
The movers made two trips to our house that weekend-the Saturday trip to move us and the Sunday trip to pick up the furniture they bought from us.
It is hard for me to believe how much stuff is still left after such a big purge since we are now in a much smaller space. It has been a major life lesson.
I have promised myself that I am never going to buy an article of clothing again that isn’t great quality and timeless. I remind myself of this at least once a week when I’m walking through target and see cute little polyblend tops for $25 that will wear well twice and then pill in the wash and take up room in the back of a closet in which there is no room, literally, for error. (Does everyone else’s husband have a collection of some 50+ tee shirts to document every major or minor life experience post-middle school? Women save photos, men save tee shirts with holes and grease stains and memories woven into the fabric.) So yes, I have vowed to buy a whole lot less and only things that are good quality and timeless-not just clothing wise but home decor and all around.
Hopefully, what is left in our house now is stuff that we really love and really want to have around to look at and use regularly. I was ruthless in getting to this point, I addressed everything from kitchen towels to my underware drawer. Now I get to open up the drawer to either one and think “ahhh, pretty.” Even if I have to do twice as much laundry because I have half the quantity. It’s better this way. At least in our house.
It’s a new chapter in my life and I want to stand on the roof top of my much smaller home and proclaim it to the heavens: Less is More!!
Especially when it is organized and tucked away in pretty little baskets . . .
Images via here.