One of the benefits of living in Southern California is that you can practically have a yard sale any time of the year.
We have lived in Tustin for over 10years and especially in our neighborhood for 3 years we never had a single garage sale until over 2 months ago when my in law was moving to Utah and they needed a place to get rid of their stuffs. So we decided to do garage sale and I did with them. Now I am hooked.
Today I made my second yard sale and it was great to be able to get to rid of stuffs and also made some money a long the way. I am so tired , I am not gonna lie . That is only one fifth of the stuff that is gone. Decade of accumulation with three kids -toys and clothes and entertainment electronics are the stuffs in our house . Clothes, toys and electronics yet are the most sought after at garage sale.
When I first moved to USA ,I was so appalled that American families got a whole room dedicated for toys for their kids and I never thought that it could have happened to us. It is just creeping without we even know it.
Looking back I was actually coming from pretty simple culture where we don't have toys to play let a lone a whole room for it. I remember when I had first kid we had a manageable toys and I had time to play with him like Thomas the tank engine. We could spent hours making Lagos to make engine shed. Right now I got three kids which of course I barely have time or appreciate playing time. I just keep cleaning and organizing. Uugghhhh. If I would give advice to my own self, I would pick only a few toys for my kids and spend more time together than just let toys be a representative of a fun time from me.
After 10 years we accumulate 3 of kids of our own along with toys and stuffs that are actually holding us back. We are now ready to move on and I want to make it simple and painless as possible.
Part of living simple we can declutter and intentionally put a stop to bringing new things. I promise to myself that I will give our life a clean slate a new way to start living simply.
My husband wants to only have suitcases and that is not practical. We are just going to gradually have less belongings and focus on spent quality time with our growing kids. And by the way we are moving soon to southern Utah.
We are getting there slowly and finding our ways to live simply happy.
What is(are) the thing(s) that you keep in your simple living routine? Please comments below and please do share the idea of simple living.