We reversed directions and came back in December of 2013.
The weight of the moving truck on the way back north was 3,000 pounds lighter than it was on the way down. And we bought some living room and bedroom furniture once we got to Tennessee. Which came with us to Wisconsin.
How did we do it?
- Our former home had a definite Northwoods feel to it. Our new Tennessee home was more formal and well, new. Right from the get-go we got rid of some things that didn't 'fit in'. We sold a desk, a trunk and several smaller things on Craig's List.
- I volunteered at a women's shelter that also had a Thrift Store. They needed things more than I did. It was very gratifying to be able to let them sell my stuff and use that money to help people. Much better than allowing it to take up space in my closet.
- I read this blog. Although there is some Buddhist philosophy in it (which I don't agree with), there is a lot of common sense advice about how our stuff owns us.
- I informally participated in this project. Realizing now that I don't need a walk in closet full of clothes, I keep my wardrobe pared down to about 30 items.
- I basically stopped shopping. I've never been much of a shopper, but now it holds no thrill for me. At all. There are many better ways to spend my money. It is far more gratifying to use our resources to help others than to fill my closet.
- I set limits. How many dishes does one need? Will I ever feed 30 people at one time? Probably not, so the extra dishes went to someone who will use them.
- We got rid of one full filing cabinet. It was very full. Very. Those things weigh a ton. Or at least a couple hundred pounds.
- We switched out my piano for a clavinova.
- We sold a large computer desk and our patio set.
- We gave away our bed.
I could go on, but hopefully the above ideas are helpful to anyone who wants to bust their clutter. I haven't missed or regretted getting rid of anything that we donated or sold. Instead I feel a great sense of freedom. Our rental condo is 33% smaller than our former home, so I'm thankful we got rid of what we did.
How do you tame your clutter monster?