By Jake Meeus-Jones via SWNS
A mom has adopted a minimalist lifestyle and got rid of nearly 3,500 items from her home -including plates, her children's toys and sentimental items from her wedding day.
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Casey Jones, 36, decided they didn't need everything they owned and wanted to reduce the amount of stuff in their home - attempting to cut their possessions by 50 percent.
Casey and her husband, Jason, 36, a project manager, initially started selling their unwanted items to clear their debt - but continued to get rid of things or donate them to charity after realizing they didn't need it all.
The family now only keeps the essentials. They only have four plates for their family of four and four coffee mugs.
In an effort to clear their clutter, Casey has so far ditched over 3,000 household items including blankets, cameras, and over 562 kitchen items.
The mom-of-two says maintaining the house is now "a lot easier" with tidying up now taking her as little as five minutes - 55 minutes less than it used to.
"We're so much happier now," said Casey, a part-time teacher, from Niagara, Ontario, Canada.
"We're able to spend more time together as a family and focus on things that are important.
"I now find that I'm cleaning less, not spending as much time looking for things and i have less to maintain.
"Sentimental things are always the hardest to get rid of but really you only keep them thinking your kids will want it one day."
Casey said starting the clear out was the hardest part, but after building some momentum she became "ruthless" and was able to sort through the clutter with ease.
Casey gets rid of any clothes that haven't been worn in over a year and turns hangers backwards until the item has been worn.
"I turn our hangers backwards at the beginning of the year and as we wear each item I turn the hanger forwards," she said.
"At the end of the year I can see what hasn’t been worn and we donate those items."
She has copped some criticism after revealing she also gets rid of her children's toys.
She defended her decision - saying she only removes toys if her kids - aged eight and nine - aren't playing with them.
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"Toys are hard to get rid of – the kids are like ‘oh my gosh, that's my favorite toy, I love it,' every time I try," she said.
"So, I tell them that if they play with it in the next week or two, they can keep it, but of course they won't play with it.
"We donated the toys and showed them the process of moving stuff on.
"I told them it’s OK to pass things on and show them the good things that come from it – less cleaning of the toy room and more time for family playing board games.
"Before, we had so many toys – they didn’t know what to play with and now they will play for hours and use their imagination more."
To help keep tabs on what's important, Casey and her family each have their own designated box to keep 'special' items in.
"If the box gets full, we have to go through it and decide what’s meaningful and what's not," she said.
Things like family photos remain safely tucked away, however, other potentially sentimental items like candles from her wedding day ended up in the bin bag.
Casey admitted that she was keeping "meaningless" things, often in case of future use.
"You always hold on to them thinking 'one day I'll need these dishes, but I haven’t used them once in the last five years, so they've got to go,'" she said.
Casey says she has people reaching out to her all the time, wanting to start decluttering their house but not knowing where to start.
Her top three tips for anyone wanting to decrease the number of their household items are -
- Find out why do you want to do it – write down what you're hoping to come from it.
- Start small to build up momentum – start in the car for example, less sentimental areas, then try the bathroom drawers and removing stuff from there.
- Slowly build momentum, go into each room and approach same way. Do sentimental things last.
Casey's number of items she got rid of in each room:
- Son's bedroom - 331 Items
- Casey's bedroom - 391 Items
- Living room - 94 Items
- Spare room - 172 Items
- Bathroom/medicine cabinet - 374 Items
- Daughters room - 120 Items
- Toy room - 434 Items
- Pantry - 60 Items
- Fridge - 36 Items
- Coat closet - 21 Items
- Laundry room - 13 Items
- Office - 256 Items
- Kitchen - 562 Items
- Game closet - 57 Items
- Shed - 95 Items
- Garage - 182 Items
- Holiday decor - 215 Items
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