One of the reasons we are looking forward to the laneway living experience, is because we have to rid ourselves of extraneous “stuff”. That is a good thing. As Wordsworth says
THE world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Others have gone before us, and show us the way.
the complicated process of extricating ourselves from our possessions.
And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? When we hold on to “things”, no matter how precious they seem to us at the time, we are owned BY them.
But most advice I get on how to de-clutter seems to be geared to clearing the mess that we can see — hiding away the untidyness and detritus of our lives. But we want to get rid of it. Forever. Banish it from our lives, so we can live so much more simply.
That’s why I like what Laura Norcross has to say about winnowing her wardrobe at Tiny House Talk. It’s a process. Do it once, twice, how many times you need to say good-bye to things that you don’t need any more.
Good advice for our new lives, not just our new living space.