I have been doing ruthless decluttering for a while now. I never have anything around that isn't either functional or art. As my friend who lives very simply once said, "we dont do doo-dads." I love this mantra! It's nice not having a bunch of dust collectors anymore. Just when I think there's nothing more to get rid of, I can look deeper and get another box of junk together to donate to the thrift store. I have become an addict for getting rid! WAY more fulfilling than aquiring more! Finally I am to the point where now I am just wanting to replace ugly table for nice table, etc...not really MORE NEW STUFF, rather, replacements/ upgrades. I once read in a feng shui book that everything you own is attached to you by a strand of energy, and you are literally dragging it all around with you every day (even if it's in a distant storage shed!). This really helped me want to dump as much as I could! I swear my shoulders are lighter these days! Basically all we own is books, which I have consolidated to one bookshelf for me, and one for my kids, clothes (and not too many), kitchen stuff, and a spare amount of furniture. We have a stack of board games, and little "cupboard under the stairs".....like in Harry Potter.....that holds legos and that's it. That's nice cause they can be spread out and contained, at once. Each kid has a small basket of misc toys, and each a small shelf in his room to put keepsakes like trophies. My desk, computer, filing cabinet, and a few shelfs which hold my herbal stuff (I work from home)~all organized! Plants and wall-hanging art are the only decorations, and a few cool rocks in the windowsils. All my tools are in a rubbermaid thing, ditto camping gear, and winter gear, and photos and old journals, xmas stuff. This collection of rubbermaids (nicely organized) lives to one side of my son's large closet. I would like each of us to have a dresser, since right now we just have baskets and hanging clothes.
But, seriously, it feels SOOOOOOOOO good! I used to be married to a packrat, and this is infinitely more "me," just keepin it simple. I am so excited for treasure mapping tomorrow! It's been hard to wait, cause I did the last big purge on spring equinox. I am READY!