Not only are we trying to clean-up our financial mess, we are attempting to create more calm and order in our life. This isn’t just the typical “spring-clean” downsize. This is a whole lifestyle change. Kids’ belongings included.
When we got married we acquired stuff. We spent years buying. Getting into debt. Trying to give the illusion of a lifestyle that didn’t match our meager earnings or our values or our goals. Why? We never really defined them (our goals & values). We’ve since defined them (a post for another day! Stay tuned!) and realize that nearly all of our belongings don’t support us in obtaining our goals or maintaining our values. We also started to think about the stuff we have in boxes. If our life’s belongings are important to us, they should be out where we can enjoy them– not in a box somewhere. If it is important it should be treated as such and given a place of honor in our home, where we can see the item and it can make us smile.
Today has been spent, sorting through all of the boxes in our basement. We’ve committed to not have anything in storage aside from a few seasonal decorations and the camping gear to support a family hobby. We are going through each and every item in our home, determining if we use it and how often, and sorting into garage sale, trash, donate. Whatever we don’t sell at our garage sale, will be automatically taken to a thrift store that supports a local women’s shelter.
The best part? Any money we earn will be automatically paid toward our goal of paying off $187,000 of debt in 3 years! It’s a win-win. Less stuff to take care of, less financial debt, a clearer mind. We’re pretty excited!