I have a couple of younger family members who have recently been purging their homes of unnecessary material items. Yes, indeed, it seems the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree, since I did something similar for an entire month. Three times.
I am a big, big believer in less being more and that living with mass quantities of things around us has a very big impact on how we're able to use our time. It's especially true for those of us who work at home. And there are more of us these days.
So what's been going on with my family inspired me to round up some OC posts on the purging we did here over the years, including the research that supports backing a truck up to your house and filling it up.
"...during the month of October I divested my home of one item a day because
- The Environmental Disorder study found that a disorganized environment can undermine impulse control. You need a little impulse control in my line of work.
- Owning a lot of stuff is time consuming because you have to take care of it.
- According to the author of Overwhelmed, the Danes don't buy and save a lot of stuff. It's good to be a Dane."
A Merciless Purge 2017
"The big difference between this year's purge and other years' is that our month of purging ended, but we didn't stop. We're still working on the shelving in the living room. Wish I'd thought to take a before picture of that. We got rid of some items from the kitchen just this past week, and I have my eye on something in my office. In fact, some serious shuffling of office material could be in my future."