There is a lot of hype surrounding the one-in-one-out decluttering system. Whenever you buy something new (or used), you give something away (or throw it out).
But really, does it work?
It doesn’t work for me.
One-in-one-out sounds like a good idea. Every time you go shopping or hop online, you keep in mind that something you currently own has to get the boot. But for me that does one of two things: it takes the excitement out of shopping, or it causes me to hold on to old useless things so I can fulfill the promise (old hole-filled socks? A picture frame I hate? I’m not getting rid of those until I buy something.). Plus one-in-one-out is tough when you’re starting a new home or blending homes.
Our two eldest college aged sons just went back to school this week and his momma’s heart doesn’t do well with that. I MISS THEM!! I know their new beginnings and all this change are part of the process of releasing them to fly, but it doesn’t always make it easier.
This time of year gets me reminiscing quite a bit. I’m finishing up a post on “Picking Your Battles Well” when it comes to child rearing.
We tell ourselves over and over, “Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff,” but somehow the small stuff that shouldn’t matter sometimes escalates.
As a young mom, I remember the exact day when I finally had that huge, let it all go, it just doesn’t matter, “ah ha” moment and it changed how I parent our big kids. [Read More…]
The things you are about to read? I know in my head. The things you are about to read? I believe in their incredible value, but honestly, it’s a struggle for me.
No one would ever claim I’m a minimalist and with my Frugal Fashionista wardrobe, this is a huge area that I need to work on. I don’t feel a need to buy more, but one of the ways I live life is through my creative bent and so that has manifested itself with buying inexpensive clothes and having fun with an “out of the box thinking” type of wardrobe. To some degree, this is fine, but when my closet and drawers are so stuffed with clothing articles that I don’t even know what I have, it’s a problem. I’ve been working on it – a lot!!
It’s a balance and it feels really good to just get rid of bags and bags of clothes, leaving room for more of what I love. I have a long way to go and a pretty funny story that goes along with it, but until I share it, I’ll let you mull over Katie’s words below.
She’s sharing her thoughts about when she did her No New Clothes Challenge. Believe it or not, I could do this without a problem because I have so many darn clothes.
Have you noticed? In this consumerist world we tend to get overwhelmed by the need to buy more things. In particular, we fill our closets with clothes that are simply unnecessary. (I know I’m certainly guilty!) Author and activist Elisabeth Cline discovered:
The average American woman purchases 60 pieces of brand new clothing every year. [Read More…]