Blogging from A to Z
E is for Essentials
My husband suggested everything since I already did earthquakes. I remembered a book but when I went to get info on it, a different one came up (both books here). So my question is: What is essential to you?
I know that if we ran out of the house because of a fire, we would need to grab two hard drives, the firebox (birth certificates, etc), car keys, and both cats. I can only ask myself, what about photos? That quilt Grandma made before she died? Yearbooks?
What do you have that you would consider "essential" and what could you walk away from?
I have too much stuff for the space we have and I'd love to have a minimalist look but there are things that I own that I'm not ready to give up on yet. I have favorite books (some signed) and so do the kids. We still have the wooden high chair and the changing table/dresser. Of course, the dresser was sanded and stained by my Mom and still looks amazing! sigh, we still have toys. The dresser would be one of the things I'd want to go back for but with all the other stuff, we can't get to it!
Let's make this more fun . . . How big is your suitcase for a one week vacation? Can you get it all in a carry on?
I found several sites to help me with my stuffed house, here's a few
Be More with Less - This is home to the Project 333 where you wear 33 items for 3 months. There are nice guidelines and you can fudge on the 33 but it is a great idea if you're stressed about the "what do I wear today" every morning.
The Minimalists - I don't think I could do it. Think of this as project 333 for your house and life. There are also links to other blogs that are informative and fun to read.
Mary Organizes - She recently hosted a 91 day declutter challenge and is currently hosting a Spring Clean challenge on Facebook. She broke the 91 day challenge down into daily tasks. The amount of work behind it was amazing. She is a Professional Organizer. I wish I could say that the declutter challenge helped me but I'm just not ready for such a big change. I was able to let things go but not enough.
Now that I've written all that, I'm wondering what I own that I could walk away from. I should pretend to move and pick everything up to "pack" it and ask: do I want to unpack this in the new house?
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