On Decluttering & Compromise
Yesterday, I had a coffee/work date with my husband, Logan, at Zephyr Books & Coffee (my favorite writing haunt in Yreka, CA). While I drank coffee and ate a slice of coffee cake, Logan zipped through a personal creative project, and I was on the struggle bus because I couldn't decide what to blog about.
Before we left I asked Debbie—baker extraordinaire at Zephyr—what she'd like to read about on the blog. She suggested writing about my favorite books, decluttering, and minimalism. I appreciated the feedback because my daily blogging project is fun and challenging!
The decluttering topic interested me because readers often assume that Logan and I are decluttering experts. In reality, we still struggle with the inflow and outflow of stuff in our lives. For example, we're prepping to sell our tiny house in the spring, and last weekend we did chores at our wee abode. While I deep cleaned our home, I found a bunch of random belongings we left behind when we moved out including:
- Garden supplies
- Extra blankets
- Folding chairs for outdoor adventures
- Logan’s ranch boots
- Four plates
- Two bowls
- The original boxes for our computers
- Odds and ends in our junk drawer like small tools, screws, etc.
- A small wheat mill
We haven't used these items in six months (or longer), and I'd like to give the stuff to Goodwill. Before that happens, Logan has to sort through the box of goods in our living room. He'll decide what to keep, what to giveaway, and then we'll find a home for the stuff in our apartment.
Over the years, I've learned not to nag Logan about his stuff. He can decide what to keep and giveaway; it's not up to me. As long as Logan’s stuff isn’t in my area—and vice versa—we’re a happy couple. I don't love Logan's extra stuff, but I love Logan, and the life we've created together.