Clearing the Excess

So, I've been reading two things lately which have made me want to give away half of our stuff.

First, I have been keeping up with Kelly's journey over at The Year of Less. She and her husband are trying to move their family into a simpler way of life. Less stuff, less stress, more happy.

Second, I've been reading 7: An Experimetntal Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker, for a book group. While the book isn't my favorite, it never fails to get me thinking about how much excess I invite into my home and my life on a daily basis.

So, what would it be like to clear some things form my life and explore the simple? I've decided I want to try harder in this area. I haven't quite decided what I want to limit or simplify.

I may not know what I'm doing, but I decided to start today.

Now, I am obsessed with Pinterest. I find wonderful ideas, recipes, and inspiration on the site. I could spend HOURS just paging through that thing. Its sort of ridiculous how much I love it.

So, I started my simplifying today with something (kinda) easy:

I went through Pinterest and cleared out any pins I wouldn't realistically do.


While this might sound dumb to some folks, it really is a place that has built up clutter for me. 

Do I really need 5 pins to quilting tutorials, when I have never quilted in my life?

And why do I have 7 pins that lead to tutorials for making bags, when I've never even made one?

I even found 4 pins to tutorials about hexagon quilts, which sounded fun at the time, but now just sound tedious...

So, I deleted....and deleted some more. And kind of felt relieved.

To give you an example, I started with 112 pins in my sewing category and by the time I was done, I got down to 71. Still a lot, but at least they are all around my level of sewing ability now and many are tutorials for sewing basics that I don't know how to do yet.

I'm still trying to decide what my next battle against excess will be. I'm thinking my closet....or maybe media/screen time. We shall see.

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