Its been six months since we started to get rid of stuff. So much great has come out of this ‘experiment’ that I no longer feel like its an experiment. I know it works. I know this is how I want to live the rest of my life. That said – like all good things in life – you have to work at it.
I have noticed that as long as I don’t go to a store, we are good, but if I need to grab something at a store I don’t usually go to – I still come home with a cute dress for the little or shoes I only sort of needed. This still needs work. To be fair I am better at not buying every cute dress and the one i bought was 2 sizes up in a size we don’t have anything in yet. And I have been wanting the type of shoes for probably close to year. since my last ones of that style were done.
I also noticed I am a lot better at getting rid of things that are too big or too obvious to hide – stuff that is in boxes….feels like its too much work to pull out at sort. I still have not finished projects that I said that once I finish I will get rid of all the things that go with it….
Birthday parties have been successful with curbing buying to things that are indeed needed or are very thoughtful gifts….but maybe its because I am cheap – I cant bring myself to get rid of the extra party plates/napkins etc so we have 3 whole boxes of mishmash party food related paper and plastic. Anyone having a party and want paper plates???
The house has been far easier to clean and I love living in it again. This has helped a lot with feeling like I can be the parent my kids need – but simple summer is about to wear me down! I thought it would be a good thing to build in time to be at home, but the kids are on each other night and day – feeling like our minimal back yard is a bit too small right now.
We are getting there – but it isnt overnight that you can declutter a whole house AND change a entire families mindset and 6 months in I would say we are 80% there, but that last 20% is the hardest and the hardest to stay motivated for.
Have we missed our stuff??? Not at all, and finances have been a bit easier, and dear husband is able to take a vacation for a week – for the first time since our honeymoon 5 years ago.