Focusing On The Things That Matter

Hi Everybody

Lately I have been actively de-cluttering and reorganizing around our home. I love the feeling of loading up my car with objects I no longer have a use for and heading to the thrift store.

Bernice the cactus - One of my most loved possessions

It seems like every couple of weeks I find more things that not long ago I thought I really needed but realize I don't. Do I really need to keep that funky fondue pot when I have used it probably once in the last six years? Still I am not ready to give away my manual pasta maker that my boyfriend bought for me. I have been frustrated with it on many occasions but it was bought with love and it does make excellent pasta.

De-cluttering is a process. It takes time to really figure out what you need and what's really important to you. I am getting very close to the point where the objects I have I use regularly or have special meaning to me.

The process is similar when I need something new. When I really need to purchase something, I take time to do some research and ask myself if this is really going to bring me joy and make my life better. I also want to support a locally owned business too so this really helps in my decision making. I would much rather spend a little more buying something that is well made than buy an item that is cheap and cheaply made. I am always looking to stretch my dollar and buying quality items is really an investment.

Keeping it local,
Kaylene and Steve

  • Posted On: August 22, 2016
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Comments & Replies

Phoebe in Ajax
I haven't worn a dress in months yet I have dozens in my closet. Good time to purge.


Steven in Hamilton
We're stuck in the house because of this virus with nothing else to do so we decided to declutter. We got rid of so much stuff that it's like we have two more rooms. Thanks for the inspiration.


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