Not too long ago my sister in-laws and I were having a discussion about all of the things we “wish” we could accomplish. We “wished” we ate better, exercised more, went to bed on time, and kept our family photos more organized to name a few. We had one of those ah-ha! moments and decided that we would put together an eight week challenge. We quickly came up with a few rules, a point system, and then put it to work.
It was a great eight weeks! I accomplished more than I could have ever done because I had the support system. We sent each other daily texts, funny meme’s, and just kept each other motivated.
Fast forward to this past weekend when I had another ah-ha! moment. I decided it’s time for me to purge some excess in our home. Knowing how I work (better with accountability partners!) I began my first purge and posted a photo on Instagram. I knew if I posted to social media that I’d be about 98.9% more likely to follow through with my plan. ;) It’s just how I work!
I got a great response to my post, and decided to share what and why I’m doing this in a little more detail.
What I’m doing:
An 8 week purge of my entire house.
Nothing overly complicated. I’m just going to choose a small area to go through each day. Could be a few drawers, cupboards, or just one surface. (If I have more time I’ll do more, but the idea is to keep it simple.) I’ll remove any items that we don’t need, use, appreciate, or could simply do without.
I plan to donate items in good condition, will put them immediately in the back of my car, and make weekly drop-offs.
Here’s the catch:
I’ve done two (2!) major purges of my home over the last year. Call me crazy, but I either didn’t get it right, OR what I’m thinking—we keep bringing too much stuff back in. The holidays were just a few months ago (in which we did TRY to simplify), but all four of my girls also have birthdays right around the holidays, and tons of people that love them. It makes it a little more tricky. ;)
I’m going to track—with tally marks, exactly how many items I get rid off. My first day of doing it proved to be incredibly motivational, and I’m SO curious to see how many items I can actually eliminate from our home.
To counter that, I’m also going to track how many NEW items we bring in with the same tally system. This includes the tiny toys my girls bring home from school, any item that is not food or toiletries—things that we use on a daily basis like soap, and laundry detergent won’t get tracked. So if I decide to purchase a cute frame at Target, or a new swimsuit for one of my girls, it gets tallied!
If we bring in a new item and then get rid of something in it’s place, then the tally can be erased.
(Just a side note: I am not going to track paper in any of this. I just can’t go there! But will be eliminating paper clutter in my process.)
Why I’m doing this:
Here’s the real honest truth. I just spent a few days at home with my girls for Spring Break, part of that time we were traveling, but those days we were home were hard. I get completely anxious when it comes to being home and dealing with “stuff”. My girls are ages 4, 6, 9, and 11 and they sure know how to craft and bake up a good mess. I want to enjoy them doing things they love, but feel like we need less to work with. Less stuff in our home to make better memories, so that’s where I’m coming from.
School gets out the end of May, and I’m giving myself eight weeks to accomplish this, so that I can focus on making memories with my daughters over summer break, instead of feeling anxious about all of the stuff.
How you can join in too:
If you feel the slightest urge to purge, let’s do it together!
Follow along on Instagram and comment on my posts with your progress, and/or post your own photo’s of your accomplishments with the hashtag #livewithless.
(If you catch this post in the middle-tail end of things, start anyway!)
Here is a free printable (below) that you can use to track the amount of items you purge/bring into your home, if you’d like the extra motivation! (Just right click to save the file to your computer and then print.)
Thanks for being here!