Live With Less- Works For Me Wednesday


For quite some time I have struggled with contentment. It is an off and on thing with me, but too often I find myself wishing for bigger, newer, better. I hate that about myself but it is my battle.

Lately I have found myself with a different itch to scratch. I want to purge. Get rid of everything. Simplify. go smaller, used….or not at all. Seriously, why on earth do I have all this stuff?

So the theme of this week’s WFMW is supposed to be Spring Cleaning. But around here it has looked less like cleaning (and not just because I am allergic to cleaning) and more like purging. If it isn’t nailed down it is going in the garage sale pile or the trash.

What I am finding is I have taken a lot of stuff out of the clutter rotation and I haven’t missed a thing. My kids haven’t missed a thing. Nobody is missing anything.

I don’t know how it works in your house but in mine a box can be days and days of fun. A borrowed scarf and hat can fill up an afternoon. And crayons and paper can entertain for an hour. All this plastic junk with bells and whistles barely get touched.

So I am hoping to make a little on this garage sale and not replace anything that we sell. This will honestly be difficult for me because I LOVE a good bargain and garage sale season is upon us. But I really want to have 2011 be the year of living simple. Starting now.

This post is linked up to We Are That Family.


  1. I am right there with you! Purge purge purge! I have given away and thrown out so much over the last month (and sold a bunch too). It feels soooooo great! Glad to hear your simplifying too!
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  2. we try to keep simple too, but there’s the part of me that would NEVER buy such and such full price, that says ‘this shirt is nice and cheap and it’d fit you, Luke, we should buy it!’ – so we have more than we need, and i can’t get rid of it, b/c you know, his other shirts will be stained or worn out eventually and that extra one will come in handy… (i use him as an example b/c i’m postpartum and if i found a shirt that fit, it would NOT be an unnecessary purchase…) trying to get rid of stuff we don’t need, so we can have a neater house but it is SO hard.. have you read ‘simplicity parenting’? great book.
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  3. I *won* a copy of Tsh Oxenreider’s new book – am waiting for it to come so I can no be obsessed with simplifying!
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  4. I so agree–I want to get rid of everything, everything that is cluttering my house. I have Too Much Stuff!!! BUT I can never find the time to actually DO it. Grrr.

    Last night, for whatever reason, I asked myself what I would grab from the house if it were on fire–and I couldn’t think of anything. It’s all junk/clutter. Just my family members, that’s all I need. (And part of me would enjoy the blank slate, but of course I’m not wishing for a house fire!!!)

    • Yes the time is a problem. And I kind of need to do it under the cloak of darkness or my kids will spot me and beg for whatever crap I am trying to get rid of.

  5. Alicia @ Alicia's Homemaking says:

    Whoo-hooo! Go Jill!
    Seriously…kids hardly touch plastic toys. It’s like clockwork.
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  6. I soooo know what you mean! I have quite the pile accumulating in the garage, just waiting to be taken to Goodwill. I love purging. We have so much junk we don’t need, or need so rarely. For example, we had my daughter’s birthday party a couple weeks ago. I didn’t have an ice bucket. I was really tempted to go buy one, because I have needed one in the past. But then I decided to just ask my mom to bring hers. What was I going to do with and where was I going to store it the other 364 days of the year. And then when my mom forgot it, I realized a stainless steel mixing bowl worked just fine. And now that we have a new baby on the way and can’t sell our itty bitty house, we need to make even more room. Which honestly, I am happy about. My small house is affordable and easy to clean. We could definitely use more space, but we could also get rid of a lot of junk. Plus, the less junk we have, the easier cleaning is…less stuff to have to put away and dust!

  7. Hi Jill! I came over from WFMW. Couldn’t resist clicking on the word “Simplify” since that is what I am all about too, lately. Sounds like you are doing a great job! I was telling someone that I wished I could just pick up my house and shake everything out of it, then only put back in the things I really need and love!
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