When I was sick it was really hot here in the Netherlands. So my hubby put a mattress in front of the doors opening to the garden. One evening, when our little one was sleeping, we just sat there, talking. Well, I was laying down, to sick to sit up. We were talking about how lovely it would be to declutter our live. To sell some stuff we don’t need and buy a few things we really do want. To have a house that’s not full of stuff. With a story about a thirty-day project in the latest Flow-magazine in mind, I joked about making this our thirty-day project. Then we laughed. Thirty days wouldn’t be enough to do all the things we want. ‘We could also make it a 365-days project’, I whispered, a little scared of the impact of the words I just said. Hubby reacted with a motivated ‘yes!’. So, here we are. A year of decluttering. Selling our stuff and giving it away. It does scare me a little bit because I can’t predict what it will be like, and a year seems so long. But hey, at least we’re in this together.
So, here’s the deal: I’m going to make a 365-day countdown calender to see where we’re at. And then we’ll start.
We’ve have set up some ground-rules.
Rule 1: Everyday we pick something we own and we’ll put it on the Marktplaats website (Dutch EBay, red.) or sell it any other way (like at a garage sale or something).
Rule 2: Giving away or bringing it to a thrift store is allowed
Rule 3: We take a picture of the item we’re selling and I’ll publish it on this blog.
I’m hoping this will change our lives forever. I’m not very good at organising or throwing things away. I love stuff and I collect it as much as possible. But at the same time, I really want a nice and tidy home with not to much clutter. And I’d rather save for one item I really love then spending less on ten things I just like.