How'd your priorities list go? Were you able to completely eliminate anything?
Were you able to completely eliminate anything, and not feel guilty about it?
I did eliminate, and I do feel guilty. I can't help but feel guilty about all that I plan not to do. Am I really going to not craft with my kids? Keep my son from the Awana experience this year? Meal plan instead of experimenting in the kitchen? Not attend every possible playdate?
Yes. Yes I am.
Because if I eliminate all of that, there is so much more that I can be doing. I can stop cleaning and organizing an office/craft room that we never use. I can get rid of boxes of miscellaneous craft boxes. I can stop spending money on discount fabric, because I know that I do not have the time to sew anything right now. I can have a relaxing evening with my kids, instead of 2 hours of out-and-about time during the baby's bedtime, which is when Awana takes place. I can take another look at the kid toys we have, and look at them from a different perspective. I can look at what I want my kids to have, and not what other kids might want to play with when they come over. I can declutter their toys and breath a huge sigh of relieve as I load the boxes of donated items into the van.
I am excited at the prospect of getting rid of stuff I didn't know that I do not need.
Today, grab a box. Just start with one simple box. Fill that box up with items in the category you eliminated from your schedule. After you fill the box up, tape it closed, and put it in your car. Donate immediately, before you change your mind! Then, if you feel like a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, grab another box, and continue!
I have three boxes opened in the office/craft room. I'll be loading up craft items to donate, toys that I have saved to make sure I have lots to play with when other kids come over, and kitchen stuff. I tend to stock up based on who might visit, rather than who lives here. I probably have 20 kids bowls, plates and cups in my kitchen.
If you are joining me on this journey to Simplify, I'd love to hear about it!
P.S. Tomorrow, we are going to envision what a home Simplified looks like to us.