We’re halfway through the challenge this week. Now that we’ve restored our private spaces to tranquil places we’re going to declutter the living room.
When my children were small the living room held all the toys, all the games, all the videos. It also held baskets of laundry that needed to be folded, bills, exercise equipment and all kinds of things that took up space and added to the overall stress in my life.
Nowadays it’s just Rick and I, but as I type this the ironing board needs to be put away, the Christmas poinsettia is dropping the last of its leaves, and there are a couple of glasses to be taken to the kitchen. So that’s the first thing to do in the living room. Gather up everything that doesn’t belong and put it back. Then clear off all the flat surfaces…the coffee table and end tables.
The remainder of the week is making sure what remains in the living room is stuff you want. Go through in a systematic way and give yourself extra time to finish if you need it. Don’t forget to take anything you want to donate out to the car as soon as you’re finished.
Be prepared to compromise with other members of the family when you try to sneak their favorite videos and games into the donation box. You might have to set an example.
After I bought my first Kindle I went through all of my books and weeded them out. It was almost painful. Some of those books were like old friends. Finally I decided if I hadn’t read the book in 7 years it had to go. That took care of half of them. With a couple of exceptions that are stored in the attic at home, I let go of the remainder when we packed up to move overseas. I put them out on a table in front of the house with a FREE TO A GOOD HOME sign. By then I rarely read a physical book and had actually bought digital copies of my all time favorites.
The same is holding true for all the workout videos I used to own. I brought a few favorites with me, but for the most part I stream my workouts and movies.
Now that you have your lovely space again you can kick back and binge watch your favorite show, or play games or even build a blanket fort should the need arise.
Next week we’re finishing up the challenge in the office. Don’t forget if you have questions, comments or just need commiserating feel free to leave a remark below or join us on Life Beyond the Kitchen’s facebook page.