Monday, January 11, 2016

Simplify!

Simplify

to make less complex or complicated, to make plainer or easier...simplify

2015 brought some major changes in my life.  Another grand child, an aging cat, the loss of my brother which had a huge impact on me.  My health and the health of my Mom.  All these things have overwhelmed me at times. 

Simplify is my word for 2016

I want to make my life simpler so I can enjoy it more.  The first step is my home.  It is cluttered and I am not able to keep it as clean as I would like because there is so much stuff in here.   I've been working on downsizing for a few years, but this year will see a major change.
Staring with my dish closet.  I am no longer doing tablescapes on a regular basis.  I have collected so much stuff that I can't use this extra closet for anything else.  Most of these items I haven't touched in two years!!  So out they go. 
Just look at it all!

I am going to do a weekly post on my journey to simplify my life.  I'm going to start with a huge purge of my dish closet.  
These sets of flatware will be going to the thrift shop today.  I enjoyed picking these sets up over the years at bargain prices, but I don't use them so out they go.
This box full also.  Yes I had way too many but it was fun to have all the different colors when setting tables.  Time to donate so someone can use these items and they can stop taking up space in my closet. 

I will be working on dishes this week and will have photos next Monday. 

Join me as I Simplify! 

Wishing you JOY,

Linda

26 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

I had to get brutal too. I did away with all my sets of flatware except for one. ONE! And dishes because I rarely do tablescapes, and even if I did, NO ROOM! The answer I found for how to keep it simple? To stop picking up this and that when shopping. To shop INTENTIONALLY.
Brenda

Cheapchick said...

I am sorry about your brother, my condolences. Downsizing is one of the hardest things a person can do, especially for a collector. I wish you good luck in the process. I helped my Mom downsize and we were on a time limit as she was moving so it was a little stressful at times but your idea of doing it as a process over time is a good one. Take care!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hope you share photos as you start on your decluttering journey. Not an easy task but you will love the space that you reclaim. Hugs.
Joy

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I applaud your resolve! Simplifying is hard to do, but I know you'll do it! Take care of yourself!!!

Marigene said...

Linda, I am another that applauds you. Have fun clearing out and donating...it is a good feeling, but hard to get to that point!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Hooray for you Linda! I've started downsizing also and showed a truckload of stuff in my post. Most if it was dishes and glasses. I kept a few dishes I haven't used in my tablescapes yet and then they'll go. Please do a post each week to inspire me to keep going. :)

oldgreymareprimitives said...

You go girl...and my tip is stay out of the thrift stores, and well, stores period. I rarely enter any store other than the market, unless i NEED to purchase an item, not want, but truly need.It is too easy to "find a bargain" and be tempted. You know the exhaustive process you went through with your Mom's place..don't do that to your own kids..There is not a day that goes by that i do not edit something out of this place. Although I do still have the big furniture pieces, many of the closets and drawers are now empty and thats a huger improvement.
my kids do not believe I could live in a tiny house but I absolutely could ....and with glee!

So yay you!

mary scott said...

Love your blog! I am pleased to follow your simplifying this year. It will inspire me to see you let go of fun things. I have had to stop frequenting the thrifts, although I volunteer at 1, 1 day a week. My house is full from thrifts & estate sales. Thank of all the people who will happy to find your donations! thanks

Vicky Hunt said...

Love your word for this year Linda! I think we could all get rid of most of the stuff we think makes us happy and be perfectly happy without it all! I am hoping to downsize and purge this year as well. I feel such a sense of relief and satisfaction every time I haul a bag to the consignment store or donate a bag to a good cause. Have fun downsizing!

Hugs, Vicky

Donna said...

Hi Linda,
I hope that this year brings you peace and simplicity. I can relate to feeling overwhelmed at times (last year was the year for me). Best of luck with your sorting and purging. I know that collecting is always so much fun, but then, what do we do with it all?

Rose L said...

Good idea! I did the same when my husband died and I had to sell my house. I knew I WOULD NOT NEED SO MANY THINGS.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I am so with you! I'm doing my craft room first! It really needs it! We have a local organization that takes household things for families that are starting all over with nothing. That is where I drop off my household things. Do you have anything like that for your household things?
warmly,
deb

Consider It All Joy said...

I believe Many of us are at the same place in our lives. I'm shopping my own house and letting go of all that is redundant or unused! It is freeing and cleansing to the soul. Enjoy the process! Blessings, Cindy

Nellie said...

Times change! I have begun to clear out some of my things and have instructed the "children" to choose whatever they want. xo Nellie

Rebecca said...

I'm WITH you, Linda! (Wish I lived closer. My father has those white handled flatware & has "lost" a few pieces.)

Susan said...

I'm with you, too, kid. Cleaning out is going to be a GOOD thing to do. Have wayyyyy too much "stuff." We can DO this, Linda. Susan

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

So many of us are simplifying this year, Linda. It is a good thing. xo Laura

Jill said...

It always feels good to get rid of some excess "Stuff"- good luck, Linda!!

Kathy Moreland said...

Oh, that sounds so good! I need to do this, but can't get started. Maybe seeing your progress will give me the much needed push! Good luck!

Mereknits said...

Good for you Linda, I applaud you for your effort. You will feel so free when things have been donated.
Good luck,
Meredith

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Simplify sounds like a good plan to me. I'm working on it also, so it will be fun to follow your journey.

Melanie said...

A lot of us are minimizing and getting rid of stuff right now, so we're right there with you! Just take one category (dishes, flatware, etc) at a time or one spot at a time and then it won't seem so overwhelming. And you will feel SO good when you start getting rid of stuff! Decluttering is really freeing.

Hartwood Roses said...

It's a constant struggle, with a huge reward for all of your hard work. Feels really good to get those boxes out the door and off your mind, I'll bet. I filled a box yesterday, as I was in a purging mood and I attacked a corner of my heinous sewing room. We can do this together, you and I.

Vicky Hunt said...

Hey Linda! I wanted to let you know you are showing as a ne reply blogger. Aggravating I know! Thought you would want to know.

Hugs, Vicky

Vonlipi said...

Yay for you! it might be hard but you will feel so much better after!

But it is a continuous process...

Hugs to all!

Valerie x

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Great word! I need to simplify as well. Starting in the washroom where I keep all of my painting stash! I plan to do it today actually. Thanks for the inspiration!