The proliferation of blogs both by professionals and non-professionals has resulted in a wealth of inspirational and useful information. I have learned a great deal from others as they work to navigate a world that is over-stimulated, shallow and driven to consume at a frenzied pace. As I worked to organize my closets and basement, I crafted my plan after reading how others approached culling their wardrobe to a reasonable size or discussed the pros and cons of various storage systems. The practicality of the ideas put forth is helpful as I move to embrace a life without being a slave to that, which I own.
This past year, many of my friends had to close down their family homes. I followed with interest their process because I, too, had to close down my parent's home. Over the last couple of years, Marty and I, like many of our friends, have been actively giving away or throwing away that, which did not work in our home any longer. I was determined not to bring things from my mom's home that would undo all our progress. But the struggle became one of emotion, not desire of ownership. I found that I became sentimental about furniture, artwork or knickknacks that I had been indifferent to while my parents were alive.
As we discuss how to simplify our lives materially, we must first address the emotional component of "things". Yes, things can be clutter but they can also hold years of memories that link us to those we love. The act of letting go of your parent's belongings and also, letting go of your spouses family things can be painful and draining. But as one on the other side of the process, I find that I do not miss anything that I left behind. The memories are real without the furniture or knickknacks. As you work to intentionally simplify and streamline your home and your life, feel confident that as you work through the process, there are rewards for holding fast to your vision.