paring down

At the end of last year, I was on a mission to clean out our pantry.  You can read about Mission Pantry Clean-Out here, here, here, here, and here.  Since then, KT and I have been in a minimizing frenzy.  We even have a “staging area” of all the things we’re trying to get out of the house on this bookcase.


All eight feet of it is dedicated to all the items we’re selling on ebay, selling on craigslist, donating, and giving away on freecycle.


After a recent earthquake tossed my books all over our office floor, I was finally motivated to get rid of some of my beloved books.  I’m paring down my personal library.

I typically don’t have a hard time getting rid of things but it’s not as easy for KT.  Earlier this year, I came across an article in Better Homes and Gardens about Letting Go by Maxwell Ryan, Founder of Apartment Therapy.  There were three questions he asked that resonated with us: Do I love it? Do I use it? Does my home need it?

We both agree that the “real estate” in our home is waaaay more valuable than any items that we don’t love, use, or need.  That mentality is what got us into this early spring cleaning that most likely will carry into the summer.

Here’s to a less-cluttered and stress-free home!


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