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Amping up the Decluttering

Even though many areas of our home are now clutter free we still have a way to go. Too many kids jackets. Too many (yes. shame.) cookbooks. Too much clutter on our kitchen counters. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. At least I understand that it’s not that we need to put the stuff “away”. We just need to have less stuff. Making the decisions on what stays and what goes is the hard part.

Going through each room and choosing a few things that are not necessary, possibly plastic, to donate is one way to declutter. I filled a Rubbermaid bin yesterday using this technique. It’s not that the stuff isn’t good. It’s just not necessary.

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I have another Rubbermaid bin filled with more donations. Mostly it is kids toys, never-used decorations and things other people gave us.

Why do people keep giving us stuff? and why do we keep accepting it? An image of the rolled up construction paper in our walk in closet comes to mind. It’s school work my husband did back in the 80’s. His parents dropped it off in the summer for us to deal with. We still haven’t dealt with it. How about we just recycle it? Well it’s not mine so I’m trying to be patient.

Just don’t be upset if you give us something and then find out we no longer have it.

On another note – I need some help with my 33 items. How many pairs of pants should I keep? Two or three? The weather is just starting to warm up so maybe I won’t need three. Or maybe… ahhh the indecision!


If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. -The Dalai Lama


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


2 thoughts on “Amping up the Decluttering

  1. You are a brave woman, decluttering is hard work. Especially when you are the one doing it not only for yourself but for your family as well.

    For your Project 333 wardrobe request for help: do you wear skirts or dresses? I don’t so I tend to have a couple extra pair of pants instead, but I guess if I wore skirts I would have less pants. For my wardrobe starting April 1, I have a couple of pair of leggings that I will wear with some tunic style tops (I don’t really count leggings as pants, more like heavier tights to keep my legs warm) and at least two pair of jeans. If I was working, I would be sure to incorporate some dress pants in there as well. Hope that helps!

    Posted by Erin | March 24, 2012, 5:23 pm
    • Thanks Erin! I do wear dresses and will probably keep 3 plus one skirt (not including work). I think maybe I can survive on 2 pants because it’s almost summer, right? That snow and hail lately was just a figmint of our imaginations 🙂

      Posted by stephanieough | March 24, 2012, 6:32 pm

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