|See more of my photos|
Ready for a dare?
I dare you to walk into your garage (or barn, or storage area) and look around. How much is in there that you haven't used in a year -- or more?
I dare you to look into the rooms in your house where you rarely go (guest room, any formal dining or living areas) How much is in there that rarely gets used?
I dare you to look outside and evaluate what you do and do not use. Patio furniture (isn't that an Irish name?) gardens and lawn that you maintain but don't do anything else with?
I was surprised when I did this at our house and we have moved a lot since 2011 and downsized every time. Even with all that, I still had a lot of stuff that I don't use. How did your tour work out?
Now look at what you do use
Everyday I'm in the bathroom using the shower, toilet, sink - yes, you may count a bathtub if that is your preference. In the kitchen I use the stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, dishes, silverware. I have one chair I really like to sit in to read or watch television and I like the round kitchen table that doubles as work space by day and dinner space by night. I use the bed and it is tall and easy to get in and out of. What are your daily items?
How much are you using?
So here we are doing the math again. Are you using 20% of what you own or is it even less than that? I'm still working on less-is-more and I keep trying to find ways to help my brain let go of more and more things. This was an eye-opener and I see opportunities to let more things leave the constraints of our small house.