My Mission

Recently, I was reading a book called Stuffocation, all about how bad materialism is for us and the movement to simplify.  The book is full of stories about people who kissed their old lives goodbye, getting rid of nearly everything they owned, moving into motor homes and cabins, even quitting their jobs.

That all seems a bit extreme, but I found I was tempted simply by the descriptions of people who were reducing their possessions -- going through everything with a cutthroat mentality and getting rid of anything they didn't absolutely need.

It made me think: Getting rid of things is difficult, but what if I made it a year-long goal?  What if I made a smaller change every day over the course of a year, instead of bigger changes all at once?

I live in a 750-square-foot, 2-bedroom house with tiny closets.  Our full, partially finished basement is mostly used for storage, and only a small percentage of it is stuff we actually use.  I can be a bit of a pack rat, especially when it comes to objects that have sentimental value, and I am also a collector of both books and dolls.  I don't necessarily want to stop collecting things or get rid of things that have been handed down in the family for generations, but at the same time, these habits mean I need to be more ruthless about getting rid of other things.

I started SimpLIFEfy 365 with the goal of getting rid of something every day -- and blogging about it as I go.  I don't know if this is going to change my life, or just help reduce some of the clutter in my life, but I hope you'll join me on this journey!

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