Originally Posted by Aguazul
So, how did you do it? I mean, did you get ruthless about getting rid of things? Did you become super-organized? How did you begin?
The bolded portion above describes my apartment right now. I am so inspired by you!
Originally Posted by KathleenRay
I'm curious too!
okay, so I've been thinking about how to respond to these posts all day. and i think first it's important to mention two things, 1st for me it didn't happen overnight, I really got serious about not living in a mess any longer 1 year ago. and 2nd, i'm very fortunate that my DH was completely on board with all my efforts to achieve this goal.
One of the most important things that I realized was that I had to get a lot of the crap out of the house before I was going to be able to start organizing and getting a cleaning routine going. I had a couple of garage sales and then tried and failed a couple of times at organizing the rest.
I hadn't gotten rid of enough stuff, I just had too much to manage. Then I found this forum and started taking one box at a time to the thrift store, and this made a big improvement in our home, but it still wasn't organized or clean.
That's when I discovered Simple Living. As an environmentalist and just as a person who wanted to spend more time doing the things I love, and less time dealing with "stuff", simple living really appealed to me. I read Clutter's Last Stand and after realizing how much having all this stuff really cost me and my family I got angry, and then I got to work. I looked at each item in my house that wasn't contributing to the acheivement of my goals as something that was holding me back from my happiness. Draining time and energy that I wanted to have for my son, my husband, my dogs, and everything else that mattered more than these beautiful, perfectly good pieces of clutter. I didn't bother trying to sell anything, I decided my time was worth more to me than this junk. I peeled back layer after layer of this crap until there was enough for me to manage and organize without killing myself to do it, and then I got rid of more.
After getting the clutter out, I had to learn how to organize. I read House Works which helped me learn a lot of the things I never had any idea about. I am definitely not an innately organized person. I figured out some storage solutions and I found a place for everything and I keep everything in it's place(an old blade but it still cuts).
Now I'm still struggling with keeping a chore and cleaning routine, but it's a lot easier to work on now that I can find everything in my home and I'm not overwhelmed just by the thought of getting started on a task.
So I know simple living isn't the path for everyone and plenty of people can keep their homes clean and organized without following this path. But I think this is the only way for me. Since I've started this journey my life just keeps getting better. I'd highly recommend it. Good luck to you aguazul!
Here are some links that have helped me:https://www.newdream.org/index.phphttp://www.simpleliving.net/main/http://zenhabits.net/tags/simplicity/http://www.amazon.com/Houseworks-Clu...0277572&sr=1-1http://www.amazon.com/Clutters-Last-.../dp/0898791375http://www.walkslowlylivewildly.com/http://livelightlytour.com/http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/home.htmhttp://www.amazon.com/Its-All-Too-Mu.../dp/0743292642