Have you ever wondered why you keep half the items you own? Do you really need them, are you going to use them?
Every year you hear the term "Spring Cleaning". It used to be about beating out the carpets, washing the curtains and the linens after a long winter and some people still do so.
Others however take it to a whole other level and use "Spring Cleaning" to empty their home of items they have collected that they do not use and most of these items end up in a Yard Sale.
Now lately I find around the homestead that I have so many items that we don't even use, and the clutter is starting to drive me crazy, as is the time it consumes to go through it all. At moments I wish i could just pick up and go with only what I truly need and just leave the rest, but that is not realistic so I am here sorting out the boxes of unorganized Junk that has followed me to our new home.
In order to successfully meet our goals of becoming self-sufficient and off-grid more then 3/4 of the items in my house have to go. Not only do we not use the items anymore it will lessen the amount of trips we need to take when we do find a more suitable homestead.
As I am organizing my Junk boxes I tend to wonder why I let myself become so materialized. I don't need any of this and if there was a flood or great disaster and I lost it all, I wouldn't miss any of it! Not to mention the money we could have saved if we didn't purchase half this stuff in the first place. I have also learned that having eight children means having lots of clothes, I have already given away six bags of clothing and still have so much more. So now I am just shaking my head in disappointment, if only I could be a tad more organized I would have gotten rid of this Junk long ago!
Let's hope next years Spring Clean doesn't keep me so busy and that I can get back to the basics needed!