Honestly, most traditional homes the size of The Phoenix Earthship would cost less. Well, the square footage is huge (my house is just under 1,800), and the rooms are huge, but 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms just doesn’t sound like a lot. But the space was pared down and tranquil, with exquisite attention to detail in layout and design. My home is not. It’s spring, even here in Alaska, and so time for some spring cleaning and purging.
My goal is to get rid of half of my house. That sounds a little ridiculous but, like most Americans, we have way more clothing, furniture, toys, craft supplies, kitchen appliances, gadgets, etc. than we could ever need or use.
Using episodes of Hoarders to motivate me is one way I have done this in the past but there are no new episodes to motivate me! My new motivation is the impending arrival of an eight week-old beagle puppy, aptly named “Gaia,” about a month from now. Puppies pee. Puppies chew. Puppies can ruin things. So, I am going to puppy proof the house like nobody’s business.
1) toys in the boys room go in bins under the bed
2) toys in the living room LEAVE the living room
3) kid clothes in good condition go to the consignment store
4) sell desk, side table, and cabinet downstairs
5) pare down my own shoes – donate to charity
6) clean out closets – donate or trash
7) sell, gift, or donate stored baby carriers
8) pack up craft supplies and bring to school for students to use
I am going to start today with my own closet. I’ve already moved the shoes I want to donate but there seems to be some sort of weird mental hurdle in getting the shoes into a bag. I’ll go with FlyLady’s system of just decluttering for just 15 minutes at a time. I want to feel a bit more serene.