Cleaning house

Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid
of it?

I grew up thinking that abundance was having a lot of things.  It was a time when collections were “cool” and you could dazzle your friends with your buckets of happy meal toys and all of those beanie babies.


Adults had collections too from model cars to porcelain dolls to tools and trinkets,ties, shoes and earrings.  The value of your life was measured by your things (not really, but sort of.)  Even being able to whip out different shades of lipstick or a few scents of lotion and hand-sanitizer in an instant was a skill to be admired.


The older I get, the more I start to realize  that this clutter makes me tired.  It is easy to accumulate stuff.  The real issue is finding a place for everything.  And not just a place that “works” or “fits”….  It is an art to find a place for something to belong.

Can you look at your possessions and say, ” I want you here.  You add joy and value to my life?  Let’s find a good place for you.”  Not that you would really talk to your stuff, but I know that I often look around thinking, “okay, now where on earth am I going to put it?”

I would like to live in a world where I don’t have to hide my stuff behind closed doors and closed cabinets.


There is true magic and beauty in simplicity.

7 thoughts on “Cleaning house

  1. I always had a ton of clothes for the past fifteen years as I work in the same building with the same people every day so i thought I needed a lot of variety. A big weight loss forced me to downsize my wardrobe and I can honestly say that I love having a small wardrobe! I feel like all of my items get lots of use now, there is less laundry, more room to see things in my closet and nobody seems to care that I wear the same outfits regularly.

    1. Hi AJ!
      Congratulations on your weight loss transformation!!! I cannot think of a better reason to downsize 🙂
      What a wonderful example of how simplicity and quality over quantity is life changing. Thanks for stopping by and sharing! I am looking forward to following your blog and reading about your adventures!

      ❤ Alana

      1. I really admire and commend you for starting and sticking with it. It is not an easy change, but you are so worth-it. I am so happy that you are happy now!

        ❤ Alana

  2. I am a legit ex hamster… I loved to collect make up, to hoard painting stuff and little gadgets… I don’t do that anymore, because indeed, it clutters the mind. I try not to waste things though. Things I kept in the past are now used to make gifts with it… Or when the nieces and nephew come for a visit, I have many things they can play with… I’m happy though that I have a huge attic… I don’t need to look at the clutter the whole day haha… But yes, very good point. I try to declutter when possible and I always make sure that I don’t have too much in the closets and cupboards. I also put away my summer clothes in the attic so that my wardrobe is not too crazy… But yes, I do think twice before purchasing something, because it means, something has to go out… xoxo Sarah

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