The Year of Living Minimally – Week Eighteen

As I type this, it’s very early on Thursday morning. I schedule these weekly posts to publish at 3:00 Friday morning. Less than 24 hours from now, and I’m sitting here thinking, what have I accomplished this week?


I still haven’t tackled the garage. By posting this very embarrassing photo of what it looks like, I’m hoping it’ll force me to deal with it in the coming two weeks. The garage, along with the spare bedroom and my writing area, comprise the “Big Three” worst areas in my house. I’ve been procrastinating. I dread dealing with them. At the same time, I haven’t added stuff – not much, anyway. Sure, my husband brought a few things from his father’s house, and I’m okay with it. He needed to hold on to some memories.

Between this morning and tonight, I feel that I must do something. So….I’ll finish this post tonight. And with the garage disaster posted, I am determined to tackle it. Onward!


10 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Eighteen

  1. I look forward to reading this blog every week. You have inspired me to do the same. I too have a spare room that needs some serious de-cluttering. Keep at it Martha and I will too.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. I have to keep going! Jim and I were just talking about it, and the fact that it’s not ALWAYS necessary to toss things out. Sometimes it just means putting things in their proper place. (I’m still a tosser-outer, though!)

    1. Leslie, the garage bothers me! There are things we brought with us when we moved into this condo 11 years ago – things I haven’t used once. So yes, it’s time to tackle it. I can’t use the hot summer as an excuse anymore (and the cold will make work faster!)

  2. Hi Martha, you inspired me! We just packed our car’s trunk with items headed to Savers, some of which I already miss. We have several young friends who relieved us of furniture, which was huge, and I now face the walk in closet in our second bedroom, a.k.a. my closet. I hope you and Jim have a wonderful, if different, holiday season.


    1. Some of it is indeed the planning – there are items here that need to go to the RI Resource Recovery Corporation (the old microwave, for example). Papers! Ugh. No wonder I won’t want to do it.

  3. It looks like our cellar. I’m a thrower, but better half needs to be convinced.
    I have little problem keeping the house de-cluttered, but when it comes to the basement, both the storage area and the laundry room, like you I feel overwhelmed. Now that I’m retiring a year early I hope to get to it sooner rather than letter.

    Okay now we’ve seen the before photograph (not so bad, nothing to embarrass), we’re waiting for the after.
    Good luck, Martha.

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