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Declutter Summer by Amanda Flower

In the last year, I inherited my parents’ home and everything in it. Thankfully, my mom and dad weren’t pack rats, but I still feel overwhelmed by the amount of objects in my house. It’s easy for us Englischers to become overwhelmed by things. There are just so many possessions that we can acquire over a lifetime. In my case, I’m dealing with the possessions of three lifetimes, my mother’s, my father’s, and mine. I will never live as simply as the Amish, but I’m trying to simplify my home and life as much as possible. I want to keep only what I really love or need or what my brother and his family really love or need. I don’t want to keep something because I just don’t know what to do with it. To give myself some extra motivation, I declared this to be DECLUTTER SUMMER. I’m challenging myself to sort through at least one little pocket of clutter a week. Last weekend since I was between writing projects, I splurged and sorted four boxes files. It was quite an achievement. Because of my fulltime job and my writing, I won’t have time to do that much every week, so that’s why I am making the one pile of clutter rule.

Decluttering will be a long process. As I do it, I’ll come across countless possessions of my mom’s and dad’s that will cause grief to stop me in my tracks. But this is something that I need to do, and something I know they wouldn’t mind either. My parents lived very modestly and below their means. Material possessions weren’t important to them. My mom even had a motto when decluttering. She said, “when in doubt throw it out.” I’m pretty sure the Amish would applaud that motto, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.

The attic is the next BIG project on my clutter list. Say a prayer for me!

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5 thoughts on “Declutter Summer by Amanda Flower

  1. Ilove reading any books on Amish way of life and I would love to read yours. I will have to order it right away.

  2. My husband and I here lately have been working on getting rid unessacery things we just don’t need anymore so it’s not so cluttered. Feels good to purge and let go. I would love to read your book. I love anything Amish!

  3. I can’t seem to let go of things. Those are my memories and make me happy when I am sad. Yes, sometimes they bring tears, but because only of the happiness they created.

  4. I need to do a lot of decluttering. So much that is not useful and needs to be given or tossed out.

  5. I can so relate to what you are going through. My mother’s motto was when in doubt, keep it.
    So I’m going through precious memories of my mom, my dad, my grandmother, my grandfather, and all the other relatives who have gone on before them.
    At times it can be overwhelming but then I stop and regroup for another day.
    Praying for you.

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