Decluttering: why I’m doing it and my goal

I posted before about what this, but I thought I should explain more. If you want to declutter your home, maybe it will help you set a goal as well!


Clutter free!

First, the why (for me): We’ve been living in this big house in a different country for nearly 4 years. That means there is lots of room to store things. Plus, we always end up keeping things “just in case” – it’s not like there’s a Target or Walmart nearby for us to replace familiar things! Add in 5 kids of varying ages and all of the stuff from homeschooling of those kids, and the sum is a lot of stuff! Now, we are moving (back to the U.S. for now, yay!)

We only get a certain amount of weight to move. And my mind only has so much room! When things start to get cluttered, I feel it, and I’m ready to pass on some of our things and lighten our load.

I decided to approach this as methodically and thoroughly as I can. I really do want to lesson our footprint here. I wanted to have a way to follow up on my commitment to this. And so, I publicly set my (slightly crazy?) goal:

I will touch everything in our house by the week before Passover and pass about 1/3 on.

One caveat: I’m not touching my husband’s things. He’s an adult and he gets to manage his own things. 🙂

I think my goal is pretty big. Most people aren’t going to do that. But you can choose something that works for you: 500 things? 50? Or 10 minutes a day? One room? One floor?

Now on to you. Are you ready to declutter your living space? Why? What goal will you set?


About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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