Do you think you could pare down to 20% of your current possessions and live happily?
Goodbye Junk: I'm Decluttering
Confession time, I have a lot of stuff, I NEED to declutter now!
I wasn't always this way, in fact, pre-husband and kids, I was definitely what you would have called a minimalist. (I don't even think I knew what the word "declutter," meant back then.) I tended to move around a lot, at least once a year, and my priority was keeping myself portable. I had a futon mattress and an army duffel bag of clothes and that was it. Looking around at all that I have acquired in the last 11 years, I wonder how I did it? No, not how I lived with so little then, but how I acquired so much crap in such a short amount of time? As I’ve said in previous posts, our family chant is becoming “What’s important? PEOPLE! What are we getting rid of? STUFF!” Clearly it’s time to take action.
Every year our village has a village-wide yard sale and I plan to declutter big time. Did you know we only tend to use 20% of our possessions? Staggering isn't it?I don’t think I can get down to 20%, but I feel confident that I can at least reduce what I have by 20% and maybe make a little money too. Watch out family, Mama’s clearing house!
Great Decluttering Blog
- 18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess : zenhabits
When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of stuff can be quite overwhelming. So here’s my advice: start with just five minutes. Baby steps are important. Sure, five minutes won’t barely make a dent in your mountain, but it’
In my quest to declutter, every time I pick something up I will ask myself:
1. Have I used this in a year?
2. Could I borrow this in the future instead of owning it?
3. If the house was burning down would I take this with me?
Go the ebook route to keep the clutter down
To declutter these things that are hitting the road:
We have E readers and the library is two blocks over. The girls can pick their top ten books each and then learn to embrace the library.
These are becoming total relics, in a digital age they have become obsolete.
I’d like to include blurays on this list too, but my husband would have a heart attack. So the DVDs are going and we have made a promise to each other not to buy another movie. Netflix and streaming are now our best friends.
Wow do our children have a lot of toys. Can they reduce down to their top 20? We’ll try.
My husband and I are both guilty of accumulating these. Things need to have a multi-use to stick around and have been used in the last year. How many coffee makers do we really need?
Let’s face it, most of us just wear the same ten things over and over again and hang on to a bunch of stuff that doesn’t fit. Time to surrender the fantasy and let go.
Dust collectors, they are not overly useful, but often emotionally charged. Can I separate the emotion and the memory from the stuff? This will not be easy.
I am ridiculous about Christmas. I have an entire storage room dedicated to Christmas decorations. I've lost the true meaning of the season. It’s time to let go and get back to what really matters.
We fell into that home gym trap like so many busy parents do and now we just have an unused, expensive treadmill/clothes hanger. Goodbye!
Wow just looking at this list is embarrassing. So much stuff!
Turning a new leaf
I'm ready for my de-clutter fantastico journey to begin. The boxes are out and I am filling them little by little each day so that in two weeks our house will feel a little lighter. But how do I keep from slipping back into the patterns that allowed so much stuff to come through our doors? I'm setting some new ground rules to help.
New rules we will be living by:
1. Don’t buy what you can borrow or share.
2. Nothing comes in without something going out
3. Wait 24 hours before making any purchase that isn’t a basic necessity like food or basic clothing
How do you de-clutter?
Are you ready for a change? Do you consider yourself the Yoda of de-cluttering? I'd love to hear some of your tips on how you've de-cluttered and got back to a simple, organized life.