52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 47


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week 47 before

So this is how I left the attic last week. This week I once again got a podcast of 30 minutes or longer going and went straight to work.

week 47 doneI now achieved my goal of having a walk way down this entire wing of the attic. Once I manage this in all three wings my plan is to dig deeper into the bins themselves and find more stuff to donate to the thrift store.

I should also add that those two white trash bags you see are indeed filled with trash. I had one of the children haul them out to the back alley for me just after I snapped this picture.

donations week 47This was the donation pile for this week.


3 weeks of decluttering sessions equaled 1 entire SUV stuffed with donations for the local thrift store. That is a lot of stuff to no longer have to shuffle around and I feel pretty good that the proceeds from it help people in need locally.

What area of your home did you declutter this week?

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Why The Tiny House Movement Has Me Wanting To Purge Deeper


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Lately I just can’t wait for Friday night to arrive! As soon as the house is tidied up for the day I hit the couch with the iPad set up on a stand in front of me and my knitting needles in my hands.

Other nights I skip the couch and head straight to bed where I prop up the iPad and snuggle deep under the covers–to watch episode after episode of Tiny House Nation & Tiny House Property Hunters on the FYI app.

Tiny House Living shows are altering my thoughts on possessions and clutter in a good way.

Yes, I am one of those people who is caught up in the Tiny House craze and it has me wanting to purge my home of possessions, even more than I already have during this year of decluttering an area of my home each and every week.

Why The Tiny House Movement Has Me Wanting To Purge Deeper

The Movement Shows It Is Possible To Live With Less

In the show Tiny House Nation the show host always visits the couple who they are building the tiny house for and laments over all the stuff they own and starts right away encouraging them to scale down their possessions.

Some soon to be tiny house owners have just a few things to get rid of, others have rooms and rooms of stuff to purge.

Yet at the end of the show when the TV crew visits them after 30 days of living in their new tiny home few seem to miss any of the possessions they donated, sold or threw away so that they could fit in such a tiny space.

In fact, at the end of more than a handful of tiny house living shows I hear the new house owners say, ” You won’t believe how much more stuff we have tossed since moving in,” but in the beginning of the episode they didn’t know how they were going to live with less.

The Movement Stresses Relationship Building Over Empire Building

When watching Tiny House Property Hunters I hear the house hunters say again and again that they are choosing a tiny home because it gives them more hours to be with those they love.

A tiny home comes with either a smaller mortgage or no mortgage, which means less hours need to be worked to pay it–and a tiny house is less square feet to maintain. Less maintenance frees up work hours.  Less square feet also means you have less room for possessions and therefore own less and spend less time cleaning, sorting, and maintaining your possessions.

All these things give you more time to spend building memories with those you love.

 Why These 2 Elements Of Tiny House Living Have Awakened A Desire In Me To Purge Deeper

I thought after 52 weeks of decluttering an area a week I would feel like I had truly simplified my possessions as much as possible. But after starting my tiny house TV show obsession I am looking around my home going, “We still have way too much.”

If a 300 square foot home can appear homey and spacious, surly my 2000 square foot home can too! And that has been my goal all along–to have a home that has a spacious feeling. But even after almost 52 weeks of decluttering, I have not yet reached my goal.

We still have things in boxes on the floor because they don’t have homes. I need to purge the cabinets we have deeper so I can give everything a home.

More important than a light and airy home environment though is my desire for more time to spend with loved ones.

I want to spend less time moving junk and more time outside moving with the ones I love (running, biking, kayaking, rollerblading, exploring, camping). I want to spend less time maintaining items and more time maintaining strong relationships  with those I love, as well as building new ones.

Which is why next year I am going to do another decluttering series to help me get rid of even more possessions. I am not giving out all the details yet, but let me tell you this series is going to challenge me to purge deep.

Have you become obsessed with tiny house living too? Is it changing your thoughts on how many possessions you truly need? Let me know in the comments below.

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52 Weeks To A Simplified Home: Week 45


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So I decided this week that I am just going to let the rolling under the bed containers stay uncluttered and move onto the attic. With just 7 weeks left in 2015 I really want to make sure I leave enough time to start and finish to decluttering the attic.

You see the attic is the room that while I was lost in the deep waves of  the emotions of mourning  I shoved the majority of the stuff I didn’t feel up to sorting through.  A pile of winter clothes—to the attic. A pile of books—to the attic. A pile of toys—to the attic.

Which is why week one my attic looks like this!

Week 45 beforeYes that is my attic and sadly that is just one wing of three and all three wings look this bad. Out of all the pictures I have had to show of my clutter this year as I have worked through this challenge this is the hardest one to let you all see.

Especially since the first year I started this blog I decluttered  our attic, and then again the second year–but sadly after that I didn’t touch it again and I sent way too much up the stairs to it—stuff  that should have gone straight to the thrift store instead.

I am approaching the attic a bit differently than I have other areas. I decided instead of breaking down the attic into sections to attack each week I would break it down into podcasts.

In case you are wondering what that means it means that each week I will listen to a podcast of 30 minutes or more while I declutter and I will not stop decluttering until the podcast ends.

If you don’t know what a podcast is -they are a lot like talk radio shows but you listen to them over I-Tunes. They are available on all sorts of different topics so it isn’t hard to find one you might like.

Podcasts make cleaning so much more enjoyable which makes the whole process go faster.

Another thing I did was I knew that Thanksgiving isn’t far away and I wanted to get a little ahead in case the busyness of the holiday takes me away from my goal. So yesterday I did 3 podcasts worth of work in one go. It was a long grueling afternoon-but the results were worth it.

What I plan to do for the next few weeks is show you what the attic looked like at the end of each podcast as well as what I threw away.

week 45 afterI was pleased to get this far in just over 30 minutes. I now have a place to stand and sort. I am hoping later to reduce the size of the piles by at least half.

week 45 tossI filled up two boxes to overflowing with things to go to the thrift store and I also am taking a very old TV/ VCR combo to the thrift store as well.

I filled up half a trash bag with trash and that blue bin in the picture above this one (with the #16 on it) that is recycling.

All in all I was very happy with the progress I made during the first podcast and I am looking forward to showing you what I got done during the second podcast I listened to–so come back next week.

What area of your home did you declutter this week?

Grab the plan and join along as we declutter our homes one inch at a time.

You can also join The Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook group where you will find  the support you need to keep decluttering one inch at time.

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