I have a friend who has come through quite the journey over the last few years, and she’s been blogging about some of her baby-steps to a more manageable life. Her post today was so practical–and so life-changing–that I just had to share it.
Recently I purged my Littles’ clothes. I have a couple of large bags of clothes ready to be given away. The Littles now each have seven outfits plus three pairs of pyjamas. That’s it. All of their clothes fit into one load of laundry. This has simplified my life so much! One load – if every piece of clothes they own is dirty! I’m contemplating reducing even further, down to four outfits each since they tend to pick the same clothes over and over anyway.
I purged my dishes as well. I now have 4 dinner plates, 7 lunch plates and 7 bowls plus glasses and utensils. I got rid of my ancient, Teflon-flaking pots and bought a set of pots. They all fit together nicely in the cupboard. I purged my appliances and only kept what I use. As a result we can actually get a pot or appliance out of the cupboard without risking a bruise or broken toe.
Two small actions. One huge result. Because all of the laundry can fit into one load I am staying on top of laundry. Because I’m staying on top of laundry I have more time. Because the dishes *have* to be done after every meal if we want plates to eat off of for the next meal then my dishes are done most of the time. No more overwhelming pile of crusted on dishes greet me in the morning. Because I’m staying on top of the dishes I have more time. More time to battle the clutter that life brings in, more time to spend with my kids and my friends, more time to read, more time to spend building a future, more time getting healthier. This time is such a gift to me.
Please read the whole thing, with the rest of her insights! And leave her some encouragement in the comments, too! Now I think I need to go clean out my Tupperware cupboard…