Last year I put all of the questions into a mini-book that I made.
And this year I finally decided to go through it and answer each question, thoughtfully and purposefully.
So in January I answered 31 questions; one each day.
Among the questions is this one (which particularly struck me because of my "mantra" for 2012):
what area of your life do you most need to simplify?
My answer: We need to simplify the amount of 'stuff' we have. It's so easy to keep buying unnecessary things and to hang on to stuff we don't actually need or even use! I want to purge alot this year; get back to the necessities. It might even be easier to keep the house clean!
Right away, I started working on this. Specifically by purging the things we don't need but continue to keep around. Before we moved to Texas last year, we had a yard sale and got rid of quite a bit of junk. But apparently we didn't get rid of enough.
My purge process has worked like this: I work in one room at a time. I dig through everything. I get rid of anything that I do not use. Most of it I continued to keep around, hoping that one day it would have a purpose. But if it hasn't been used recently, I put it in a box.
At the end of the process, I plan to have another yard sale. I also plan to sell some things on ebay and probably take some clothes to sell on consignment.
Here's the deal: Stuff isn't important. But yet we hang on to it for so long! Of course I hold on to things that really matter and things that get used. But I know that my life in total will be less cluttered when my house is as well.
And it doesn't hurt to have a little bit of help...
linking up with Heather.