This weekend was something I had looked forward to for years. We dove head first into simplifying our home and went through most of our belongings this weekend. Everything was pulled out of closets, out from under the beds, out of cabinets and out of drawers. We got rid of nearly two carloads full of stuff and I am shocked by how much unusable and outdated clutter we found in our house.
A huge, pink, plastic flashlight from my 90's childhood? Check.
Jumbles of cords and wires that don't belong to anything we own? Check.
Dishes and utensils that I don't understand the use for? Check.
Benefits of Simplifying:
1. Being able to see everything when we open a drawer/cabinet/closet. It makes it so much easier to find what we are looking for.
2. Knowing where everything is. I love that feeling of confidence when someone asks me if I have something specific and I can picture its exact location in my mind.
3. Figuring out what we are lacking and still need. Sorting through everything is the best way to take inventory on everything you own. When you know what you have it is much easier to figure out what you still actually need (not just find semi-cute and on sale.)
4. Liking everything we own. This one might sound silly but we have found that it is really easy to accumulate a lot of items that you don't actually like all that much. When we first moved into our place together (almost two years ago!) we were thrilled when friends and family members offered us any and all "home stuff" and we happily accepted all of it. Fast forward two years and we realized we didn't like a lot of these generously donated items and that there is no reason to keep things we don't like.
5. Using everything we own. Similar to #4 on this list, using everything we own is one of the main benefits to simplifying. It is easy to say "yes" every time someone asks "Do you want this?" and then to store it away in a cabinet and never use it. Simplifying helps us identify what we actually use on a regular basis and will continue using.