I've been thinking a lot lately about how the simple things in life are really the big things in life. Things like spending time with family, and accumulating more experiences rather than accumulating more stuff.
We are in the process of moving. We are also downsizing from a house to a townhome, so I have this "throw it away" mentality lately. But this also has me thinking, what do I really need? What are my "must haves"?
When we moved to Chicago 3-years ago we got rid of a lot of stuff. And I should note that this was our 4th move as a couple in less than 10-years. With each move, it seemed like we got rid of a lot of stuff. But still, I look around my house at this very moment, and I see clutter. And it’s unsettling.
So, what do I really need? What do you really NEED? Below is my short “must have” list, not necessarily in order of priority (my hubby and kitties are a given, and exempt from purging). I suspect as we go through our house over the next few months, editing down piles of stuff to a more manageable size, more things will survive the purge beyond this list:
* My studio and everything in it
* My motorcycle and protective gear
* My coffee pot
* My Laptop
I’m also not including hygiene products as those are also non-negotiable. And even though I’m a jewelry designer, my “go-to” pieces are quite simple and I wear them every day: my favorite sterling silver hoop earrings, a simple sterling silver bangle, my JUST RIDE leather cuff bracelet, and two Tredz Collection necklaces for layering. That’s it!
Could this really be ALL I need? I’m a believer that a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind, which contributes to anxiety and overwhelm. I know this is a popular theory, and I also know it’s true for me.
I invite you to follow along this journey of purging and even self-discovery over the next few months. It's going to be interesting...maybe even challenging or painful. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.