A Simple Approach to Living With Less

The Ferris Wheel of Clutter Just Ain’t Fun

Ahh, the ferris wheel. The classic entertainment venue of fairgrounds everywhere.

On the first ride to the top it’s great fun to look around and see how far you’ve come.

The second trip up is still new enough to keep up the excitement, but not quite as momentous.

By the fifth or sixth time around you’re just wondering how many more times you have to go around until the ride is over.

The Clutter Cycle

It’s the same way with the clutter cycle.

It feels awesome to do the first big purge of junk around the house. You can look around at all you’ve accomplished and it feels great!

Then you find your progress slowing and the little messes creeping in again, but you tackle it head on and reclaim your decluttered space.

When it happens the next time around, it may get harder and harder to stay motivated.

The hard truth is that the ride never really stops.

My Personal Clutter Ferris Wheel

Truthfully, I should have known better.

I should known that my own quest to minimize would never end. Where does all this clutter keep coming from anyway?! Like anything that requires upkeep…if you ignore it too long it will become overwhelming all over again.

We aren’t quite drowning in clutter like we were when we moved in with my family almost three years ago. But things around here could definitely use some more minimizing!

  • We’ve moved some rooms around, I’ve had one brother go off to the college and one brother move back home.
  • My grandmother moved into her tiny house on the property, yet a good amount of her stuff decided to hang around and keep us company.
  • It has also become painfully obvious that our teen son nearly teen son have a definition of what a “clean room” looks like that is drastically different than mine.

So I’m Back

So I’m here talking about minimizing and getting my own motivation to remove more clutter out of the house. I love writing so here I am. My mom always says that girls need to talk it out to work it out and that makes good sense to me. It helped me to write here when I first headed out on our minimalist journey to living with less.

So here I am. Ready to ramble away about kids, clutter, and everything in between.

So how’s it going with you?


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Article originally published on 01/28/2013

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  1. Hi Faith – Great to have you back. Continuing with the drowning analogy I would say that there must be something in the water. Since New Year I have written a succession of posts about my own battle with the clutter. But what I have come to realise is that my tolerance level has declined. The less I have, the less I want.
    Had a highly successful week last week purging. The Hubby and I made a weekend of it, and had fun. We cleared the loft (would you call it an attic?) plus a few other areas. I have been reading a lot about Feng Shui. Strangely the effects of clear physical space, apparently, is that you make room in your non-physical life for opportunities etc (or at least that’s my interpretation). Yesterday after a whole week of decluttering 3 opportunities (out of the blue) presented themselves. One related to work, one to family and one to travel! Spooky! As I said great to have you back and to chat 🙂

    • Faith Janes says

      Hi Jo – It’s so good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. 🙂

      I’m always comforted to know that other people struggle with clutter. It makes me feel more “normal” ya know?

      I totally know what you mean about the less you have, the less you want. My favorite time of the year is our week long family vacation when everyone only has a backpack of goodies to keep them occupied and a few outfits. It’s so easy to keep things picked up and stay on top of laundry. I wish it could always feel like that!

      So glad to hear about your successful week of purging. I had a little victory yesterday with my boys. They are now 10 and 13 and their room was in serious need of some cleaning out. I got up the energy to get down there and dive into the mess with them but instead they insisted on doing it themselves and locked me out so it could be a surprise. They actually did great on their own so maybe I’m getting through to them a little bit.

      Thanks again for commenting. I’ll have to check out more on Feng Shui too.

  2. Personally I am thrilled to have you back. I missed the encouraging and mom/house related topics. It’s one thing to be idealistic but the practice of minimalism is so much harder – and clutter is our #1 offender. Mostly paperwork, but with young ones crafts are #2 on our list. So many times I find myself sorting through another pile and thinking “How am I back here? Aren’t there better things I could be doing with my time?” but round and round we go. Part of me thinks it’s to do with how fractured time is when you’re at home with wee ones, but part of it must be faulty practice too. Trying to figure that out at the moment…

    • Faith Janes says

      Thanks, Cat. I’m glad to be back too.

      I’m convinced young ones are the #1 cause of clutter. Their toys are bigger, you can’t buy a kids meal anywhere without a junky toy being thrown in, and the crafts and goodies they like to make or collect take up so much room. We’ve tried the trick of taking pictures of art projects or scanning pictures they painted but it’s not the same for them. So I’m still working on that one.

  3. So glad you’re back! And yeah–it feels good to purge and declutter (flat surfaces are where I struggle the most). I am working on having less “stuff” and I enjoy reading your encouraging posts. Have a great day!

  4. My first reach out to others struggling with achieving a level of clutter-free simplicity in the face of opposition, whether from hubby, children or relatives. I’m a mother of two, a wife, a family day care provider in addition to daughter, stepdaughter and friend to others. I started my declutter, simplify, reduce waste plan three years ago with just plastic dishes and storageware. I knew the going would be slow but really thought that by now the house would be dealt with and I’d be enjoying the touted thrill of all that extra time and space.

    But I find myself still in a daily struggle against THE STUFF AND ITS PACKAGING and the people transporting it into the house. I am ever hopeful that repeated explanations, discussions about the 1k years plastics will exist for vs. their desire for a convenience product, and my personal example of perserverance will ultimately have an effect.

    I am reading the comments section and find myself nodding my head saying “Amen” to the women experiencing back push from mothers and other relatives. I can only say keep-on-keep’in-on and continue to read these type of posts. Whenever I feel unsupported in my clutter/simplicy goals and need some gumption I log on and get a fresh dose of inspiration. Thanks one and all.

  5. Does bringing less in help with clutter reduction over all? I hope so. This is January 2014, and we need to check on what is causing our clutter this year. I’m pretty sure last year was furniture projects and holiday craft ideas that didn’t get done. –MBB

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