This morning we talked about how to turn our homes into places that we love. Maggie and I shared our thoughts on decluttering and simplicity and their effects on our homes and lives, and here are a few of the highlights:
– The 20/20 rule: if you’re holding onto something “just in case” and it costs less than $20 and takes fewer than 20 minutes to acquire, get rid of it.
– Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful (quotation by William Morris)
– Simplicity and declutter can and should be applied to more than just stuff – time, money, food, activities, screen time, news exposure… all these areas can clutter our lives and make it difficult to actually live.
– To test whether you really need to keep something, put it away in the basement/a closet/the garage and see if you miss it or reach for it. If you don’t, it can go away!
– Our culture has trained us to attach a lot of emotional value to stuff. This is an important thing to examine – it’s okay to take a picture of the object and donate it so it will be used, or throw it away (or recycle it) if it’s past the point of usefulness.
The books we referenced:
Simplicity Parenting (we’ll be revisiting this book more thoroughly in the winter session because it is truly fantastic)
Any more tips or resources? Put them in the comments!