Our "big project" for the next couple/few month's time is, no doubt, nothing exciting or important to anyone else but us. In our efforts to simplify our everyday lives, let alone accomplish any and all progress or changes we're trying to make around here, we've realized now is the time to get one aspect of our lives in better shape. Much better shape!
We're fortunate in that we've structured our home and surrounding outbuildings in such a way that we have ample storage areas. The downside is that those same areas have, over the years, become overstuffed with unorganized, and in many cases, no longer need stuff. Yep, we've become overstuffed with stuff!
Our living and everyday functioning areas remain neat and organized; our storage areas are not.
A big hang-up we've come to realize that weighs heavily (unconsciously, even) on both of us is the amount of materials we've saved (in most cases "for someday") that have filled up our storage areas and must be sorted and organized, sold, given away, or otherwise sent down the road because so much of it is no longer needed, wanted or important.
To give a small example in only two areas, over the years, we've gone full circle as to what livestock we want and need to keep here on ye ol' homestead and all the equipment (which has piled up, up and up) related to same. I've collected furniture and household goods (lots) for that cabin on a lake we've always thought we wanted, but now realize is not as important as it once was.
We have back-ups for our back-ups, but because we've worked so hard on successfully structuring the necessities of basic food, clothing and shelter, we no longer need to rely on so many, and in some cases, inferior materials we've kept because they "might be needed."
Things change, people change, we've changed, and paying attention to different stages of our lives needs to take precedence. Other aspects of our lives presently need more attention. We want more of a balance (ah, yes, that elusive balance) in our lives, time for each of us to spend individually pursuing personal interests, time for us together exploring, recreating and just being.
So, onward with the grubbiness, the time-consuming task, the brain-straining constant decision making, the arguments (civilly done, of course) of what stays and what goes.
What a big job! We're currently well into the project and are finding it's taking much more time than we anticipated (what doesn't turn out to be so?), but find its already giving us a sense of freedom and more energy. The feel goods we're experiencing are well worth it.