I woke up on the day after Christmas 2014 and did not want to get out of bed. My schedule for the day was not overwhelming. There were no major issues facing me that day. I didn’t even have the responsibility of homeschooling my children since we were still on holiday break. I was simply overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in my house.
Our closets were full of clothes that we rarely wear and tubs of clothes stored away for the future. With 5 children, it was important to keep clothes to hand down to the next in line, but the storage was out of hand. I had no idea what sizes I had on hand for what children.
Our house is not huge, but it is not too small for us. I knew then that something must be done. I made the decision then that I would begin the process of minimizing as soon as everyone was awake and I am so thankful I did. Little did I know that in just a couple of months we would be a family of 8. We would be making room for a new baby with more than her share of stuff. Without the minimizing work I accomplished in the first couple of months of the year, the transition of moving in a medically fragile infant would have been much more difficult.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the steps I followed in order to minimize our entire house over two months. We didn’t take time off from work or activities, but we did work slow and steady and did something each day toward accomplishing our goal.
We will begin by covering the planning phase of minimizing and the first steps that everyone can take.
Do you feel the need to minimize? Have you already started the process?
I would love to hear what you are doing!