Oh my goodness! Can I just start like that?
Never have I had such a hard time finding things. What is going on?! I have fewer things, right? Well, now I can't find them when I need them.
I have also been a person who puts my shoes in one place. Usually, they're by the front door, and at night, they go in my closet on my shelf, but for some reason, when I cut myself down on so many other things, the shoes would turn up missing ALL the time. It was CRAZY!
Since that time, I have been in the sorry state of no underwear, no bra and tonight, no jammies.
If I'm going to do this, and be successful at it, I'm going to have to be more organized. That's all there is to it.
The dishes thing started out beautifully. I still LOVE the concept. I have one child who takes dishes to the bedroom frequently. Eating in the dining room has been a rule FOREVER, but for some reason those dishes just kind of find their way to the bedroom. StRaNgE! With limited dishes, that doesn't happen any more. But, I have learned that in order to be truly successful with this, everyone has to be completely on board.
When I separated out the dishes, I didn't stow them away right away. I put a few in the hutch and left the rest on a table. Those dishes kept sneaking in with the ones we've chosen to use.
It should be simple, and hopefully will teach the kids that we don't "need" everything we think we do. I also hope it will teach them to take care of their own things.
The bad thing is that there is one person in the family that doesn't care whose stuff he's using. He just uses whoevers is handy. This bugs me. It kind of defeats the whole purpose.
So, other than those things--not being able to find things I need and interchanging dishes, I'm pretty happy with this. I really love that my clothes are limited. Really. I love that that's not even an issue in the morning. I've gotten so I put a load of laundry in in the evening and put it in the dryer in the morning. It works well.
Now if I could just find some pajamas....