Over the last few decades the average American home continues to grow in size and yet many of us still feel overwhelmed by our possessions. The self storage facility business was unheard of until the late 60's and now every one in ten families uses one to store their excess stuff. Many more families are busting at the seams.
I have found a great book by the guy who was the organizer for TLC's Clean Sweep program. Peter Walsh is his name and he will have a new show called "Enough Already! with Peter Walsh" on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. His message resonates with me and here's why, the subtitle of his book is "An Easy Plan For Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff." I am at the stage in my life where I just want peace and serenity. I want my home to be a sanctuary for me and my family.
I have been married for almost 22 years and have an 18 and a 19 year old daughter. Our household also includes two of the most adorable dogs you can imagine. Here's my puppy girls:
See, I told you they were adorable. I would show you pictures of my girls, but teenagers don't like their mother showing the world their pictures. With almost 22 years of marriage, two kids and two dogs comes a lot of stuff. I have a three car garage and not a single car fits in.
So while my house looks fairly good with the exception of some of my piles, my bedroom is not the sanctuary I long for and my garage is a disaster. I have lots of furniture to be refinished and projects to get completed in there. Many things to sell or donate, you know the story. So through Peter's book I have got the motivation to make my life more fulfilling by having less.