Some of you may know that we’re working towards getting rid of a lot of our belongings. We’ve been purging as many of our things as possible to get ready for “Bringing Back The Village,” where we are going to live off of $5,000/year (housing and basic utilities excluded). I have been posting about that mostly over at Bringing Back The Village, but I did post about round one of the purge and our garage sale here.
After that post, we heard about the 100 Thing Challenge and were really inspired. In the 100 Thing Challenge, you get rid of everything except for 100 Things. We aren’t quite there yet, but we definitely aspire to be. We’ve started a second purge and it’s getting real, y’all.
It’s so hard to say goodbye!
We’ve made it through our bedroom & bathroom (to be fair, our bathroom was mostly empty anyway since we’re remodeling), The Gnome’s bedroom, and the living room. We still have to do the guest bathroom, the office/store, the kitchen, the attic, the shed, and the garage. We’ve come across some things that are really hard to let go of. A few years ago, Hubby scanned all of our pictures and we saved them on to an external hard drive and flash drives that are in our safety deposit box. But we still had a hard time letting go of the photo boxes. You can see by this picture how much use they were getting:
Finally, I told him to just do it.
That’s been the hardest so far. But I keep telling myself that we have digital copies, so it isn’t that big of a deal. I am terrified to do the kitchen. That will be the hardest room for me. It’s also the one with overflowing cabinets that I can’t open without stuff toppling over on me. Definitely needs it the most.
I have to say, it is a complete and total joy to clean the rooms that have been finished. I adore doing laundry now, because we’re down to the bare minimum. It’s quick and it’s easy. I am even selling all of the cloth diapers I was keeping for no reason. Once I get them sold, we will be down to 18 day time diapers and 3 night-time diapers.
And we’ve put over $1600 in our savings account in 13 days. That feels good.
We’ve gone from 1 tall (8 drawer) dresser and one short (3 drawer) dresser EACH to just one short dresser each. And our closet looks great.
I can’t wait to do more!