Stuff vs junk. I think thereâs an important difference. We of course have still have a knick knack drawer, and I suppose before we started consciously living intentionally we did have a bit more stuff around the house then we do now. But junk is different. Junk is rubbish that should have been thrown away, something that someone gave you, you kept but you never really liked. Junk clogs up space and you can easily get rid of it without missing it. After months of going through every room, cupboard and drawer in the house I think this statement is true:
None of the stuff in our house is junk.
The start of our journey was marked by a myriad of clutter. It was me trying to stuff another pair of jeans in the drawer. It was an overflowing linen cupboard and the removal of 6 pillows before we could get into bed. It was 10 egg rings in our kitchen drawer and 3 bottles of the exact same nail polish. I spent months culling my 3-wardrobe clothes collection down to 1.
An irrefutable excess.
Our friends and family that havenât been to our house over the last few months might not even notice the objects that are missing. For the most part, we keep our main living areas pretty clear of stuff. Our lounge room is the most functional room I n our house, and itâs pretty.
I keep books that I have read and loved. My husband, an avid muso, has hundreds of CDs & records. We have 4 guitars, a piano and a decent chunk of recording equipment. We have every Nintendo console ever made and approximately a hundred games to go with it. Iâm a clothes lover. This blog was established on fashion. My Instagram is predominately outfit photos so my wardrobe is still a decent size.
Doesnât sound very simple does it ? But to us it is. Everything has a place and I think as long as something has purpose, and a place then Iâm ok with it being in our house.
We still have stuff. But itâs not junk.
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