Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Storage Space

One of the things I hate most about this house is it's lack of storage space.

And yet, one of the things I love most about this house is it's lack of storage space.

We've lived in this house for 3 years now. It's the fourth house we've owned, and compared to our last three houses, it has the least amount of storage space. I think we got spoiled with unfinished basements in a couple of the other houses.

You see, storage space can be a double edged sword. It's really nice to have space to store holiday and season decorations, luggage, keepsakes, yearbooks and photo albums, linens, gear, tools, etc. But having enough space to store them is also an excuse to keep them - whether they are used regularly or not.

By not having a lot of storage in this house, we've had to ask ourselves some serious questions.

Questions like....
  • Is playing this drum set once every 3 months, worth taking up the entire 3rd bedroom space?
  • Is working out at home once a week worth taking up half the family room?
  • Do I really need an entire shelving unit in the garage for my Christmas decorations? The things I use only one month out of the year?
  • Do I need to keep every book I've ever bought or every photo I've ever taken?
  • Do I need an entirely different wardrobe for each season?
Obviously I'm talking about physical storage space so far. But digital storage space fills up quickly, and becomes cluttered just like physical storage space.

I don't think I need more storage space....I need less stuff to store.  

What about you?

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  1. In the winter I live in a 24' conversion van. It's amazing how that helps sharpen your ability to decide what is important. I've become an expert at layering my summer and fall clothing to become winter clothing. Yes, I go to the Arizona desert for the season but the desert does not hold heat at night so it gets COLD.

  2. I do agree. I wish my dh did too...

  3. Loving this series - so much great inspiration for keeping things simple :)

    1. Thanks C....I'm glad you are enjoying it! Writing the series has renewed my inspiration to keep things simple, too!