A somewhat trendy book right now is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. I loved this book! I felt like Marie Kondo was giving me permission to finally get rid of all the odds-and-ends I've been holding onto. You know, all the stuff that we don't use or really need, but that we might wish we had "someday." Well, someday never seems to come around here!
I started purging way before I finished reading. I just couldn't wait. We donated bags and bags of items that just needed a new home and threw out probably half as many in trash. I'm not finished yet, but we're off to a great start and I love the feeling of freedom each time I place another item in the donation bin.
An unexpected (but somewhat obvious) perk? I find I don't spend as much money because I don't want to bring more stuff back in! I love the feeling of being uncluttered and free from the responsibility of stuff. Don't get me wrong, we still have more than we need, but it's a work in progress and I'm motivated to continue to simplify until we're down to the basics.
|The trunk completely full of donations for goodwill. It wouldn't all fit. We filled the backseat as well (next photo).|