Bits of Advice to Southern Ladies
I am currently trying to get everything out of my house that I don’t love and start over, this process has been ongoing for about two years. It is part of that healing process you go through when you have been “done dirty” by someone and want nothing to do with your old life. I’ve almost completed the process, but it absolutely takes what feels like a lifetime.
My closet has been a huge feat. I LOVE Lilly Pulitzer. Love. I want everything they make and everything they have ever made. More than 60% of my closet now is Lilly. It’s pricey but I always find great deals, here, there and everywhere. If I told you… Well, I simply won’t. That will be my little secret. Every southern gal needs some right?
Moving around helps to eliminate clutter. I recently (a few months ago) moved from a 2800 square foot house with a two car garage to an 1100 square foot town house with no garage. That was a wake up call as to how much crap I had. A lot. Do you know how much I have taken to the Goodwill? Car loads! I have sold a bunch of my stuff on eBay, so I could at least get some of my cash back.
Decluttering has been such a relief. It’s true, the less you own, the less you need. I don’t need 25 wine glasses. I need four at most. I dont have to have 15 towels. I have a family of three. Eight at most is appropriate. And maybe that’s even a lot.
Book cases the last few moves have been such a pain in the butt. Do I need five book cases of books? I LOVE books, but I do not need thousands of them. They boil down to clutter. That’s it. Maybe one day when I am married and established and my husband doesn’t mind, I’ll have a couple book cases with books I love. For now, they’re out the door.
My kids do not need hundreds of toys. We pared down the amount of toys in the toy boxes and that helped tremendously. We probably still have way too much but I’ll wait until my little one grows up a bit more to give away more of them.
It all boils down to spending money only on things that matter but not having your house look like an episode of hoarders.
Just today I gathered a couple bags together for Goodwill. My next move will be an easy one. My goal will be to sell all my furniture and really only move the contents of closets. The weight of “stuff” just weighs on me and stresses me out!
Do any of you have a case of “stuffitis?” That is a term coined by Dave Ramsey. I know, not everyone agrees with Dave, but even if you do not, getting rid of stuff and taking care of your debt are prinicples anyone can identify with. You can check out Dave Ramsey here or look at Suze Orman or even Mr. Money Mustache for some great tips on how to declutter your life and take care of your money. Another great site for cleaning up your surrounding is Fly Lady.