Why Simplifying Today Is Better Than Waiting For Tomorrow

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I knew this day was coming.  We had talked about it for months – relocating to be closer to family and set up a more permanent home base from which to work and travel from.

This time around I was determined not to wait until the last minute to start sorting, throwing, donating, selling and giving away things we no longer needed.  To many times before I have moved things we no longer needed, reasoning that we should hold onto it “just in case.”  

Most of the time “just in case” never happened and instead, we continued to store items and take up precious time and resources on things we no longer needed.   Do you realize how much money and time is wasted on the “just in case” clutter in our homes? More than you can imagine. 

So, several months ago I started spending 15-20 minutes – picked a drawer, a spot, a closet, a room – it didn’t really matter. I picked an area and just got started.

And that’s the key. Get started. We can tell ourselves all day long that we are going to start simplifying tomorrow and yet, as is always the case, tomorrow never comes. There is only today. 

What it takes is putting feet to the road.  Making a choice and taking action today.

Now that we are in the home stretch of relocating I am so glad that several months ago I made a decision to start – even if that meant starting small.  Remember that often, slow and steady is what really wins the race.

What action will you take today to start Simplifying your life? What have you been putting off until tomorrow what you should be doing today? 

Keeping it Simple,


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  1. Erla
    Erla says:

    I’m reminded that the journey of a thousand miles (my garage!) begins with a single step (or trash bag)! I am in the process of purging, but it seems slow and it’s so easy to be distracted by the enormity, by the memories that have attached themselves to the “stuff” and by life outside the garage. But one step, one trash bag, one day at a time is resulting in progress and space–empty space!

  2. Patrick Weseman
    Patrick Weseman says:

    True. The way I justify my clutter is by saying that my brain is hardwired after 10,000 years, that I am a hunter and gathering but I need to stop that. I so need to purge.

  3. Sharon Rowe
    Sharon Rowe says:

    Thank you for sharing this post on Monday Madness link party! I love this post and whilst it talks about your needs to declutter before relocating, what it spoke more to me was the needing to start and I think this is such an important message to share, it doesn’t matter where you start as long as you start the process! Awesome advice and something for me to ponder for the rest of the day! Thanks again for sharing, hope to see you next week! 🙂

  4. JES
    JES says:

    Yes, yes! I have downsized lots in the last 6 years and yet I always feel there is more to shed. Thank you for sharing this encouragement on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂

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