What's the problem with excess you ask? Nothing, actually, but there are a few reasons why I am viciously trying to rid myself of it:
1) Excess=too much stuff=more cleaning
Clutter begets clutter. By paring down my possessions to that which we actually use, I am making my home cleaner and my job as keeper of my home easier.
2) Excess makes the simple life impossible
In our 21st century world it is so difficult to keep life simple. We are constantly running 100 miles per minute and our brains are constantly going. I believe that a decluttered life means a decluttered brain, better able to focus on things that really matter.
I try very hard not to complain about first world issues. Like "there's so much food in the fridge, I don't know how we are going to eat it all". While visiting my husband's grandparents in Poland, I noticed they had almost no counter space. Their kitchen was just a stove and oven, a small fridge, and a table. And somehow, even with this lack of "stuff", his grandma managed to cook the most amazing food. She didn't have dozens of cooking utensils or fancy cookware. It made me realize that I am so used to have excessive amounts of things in my life that I don't appreciate what I have. By paring down my belonging to those things I really use, I feel a little closer to the women all around the world who raise families just fine with no counter space.
So all that being said, I wanted to share my progress with phase 2 of my Excess purge. In my last post you saw me get rid of many of the items in my closet, and honestly, I don't miss anything that is gone so far. I could probably even get rid of more.
Since then, I went through my dresser and got rid of all the excess t-shirts, nightgowns, etc that I didn't really need. I also trimmed down my sock collection, which had grown to epic proportions.
Then my poor husband got trapped into my excess whirlwind and we went through his clothes.
Here is the end result (which probably doesn't look my different, but hey, it's a work in progress)