style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
It’s been over two weeks since I started my FREEDOM from clutter project. I’m proud to report that I have shown up every single day, taking action to move the needle towards a clutter-free life. I purged and edited even when I didn’t feel like it, at all! I ignored my usual tendency to do ‘just enough’ but not actually finish the job.
I made piles.
So many piles.
And then I made decisions about the contents of the piles. Truth be told, I'm still handling those piles, but that's okay. I'm getting it done!
And I can finally see the light. I can feel that something has shifted. I've cleared space in my home and in my mind. I no longer have the nagging feeling that if I could just get a handle on the clutter, I’d be more productive and happier. I feel lighter than I’ve felt in years, maybe decades. I have less stuff!
During this project, I've learned a whole lot about myself and my abilities. I see more clearly how I tend to sabotage my efforts. As a result, I quickly developed some workarounds to keep me on track.
If you dream of creating FREEDOM from clutter, don’t wait any longer.
I promise that the benefits start as soon as you do.
Sharing six truths I've learned while decluttering...
Lack versus Abundance.
So often, we equate having lots of stuff with being abundant. I struggled with this for years. In a period of financial struggle, it felt necessary/safe to hold on to all the things. I now realize that keeping stuff we aren't using or don't love, does not create abundance. It creates overwhelm. That thinking simply perpetuates feelings of lack. "If I let this go, I won't have enough". "This stuff is worth money so I have to keep it". Abundance is a mindset.
Containers and bins.
Breaking up with containers was tough for me. Stylish, practical, free... doesn't matter, I love a good storage vessel. But… I’ve learned that I love white space even more. Do the deep work of purging first, then if you truly need them, buy a few great containers.
Saving the good stuff.
If you’re saving something for a special occasion or the perfect opportunity… today’s the day! Life is a special occasion! You’re worth the good china, luxury bath soap, and fancy tea. Start living that way.
But, what if?
"What if I need it someday?" When exactly is someday? How long is too long to hang on to stuff we’re not using? Be honest with yourself. How likely is it that you’ll ever use the stuff you’re putting in the ‘what if’ category. Let it go. Chances are if you need it in the future, you’ll be able to buy or borrow the item again.
Pretend you’re moving.
Ahh, the perfect catalyst for a major purge! Declutter like a move is in your near future. As you edit, truly consider, would this item earn a place in your new home? Would you want to pay to move it? Keep only what you'd be happy to pack and unpack.
What's your story?
My neatly orgainzed clutter was holding me back personally and professionally. Yet, I tried to tell myself that it didn’t really matter. That I could handle the stuff in the future. That it really wasn’t that bad. (And likely it wasn’t that bad to someone else) But I couldn’t stop thinking about the stuff! I wanted it gone. What story are you telling yourself that's keeping you from handling your clutter? Identify your story.
While I’m not finished yet, the freedom I already feel is fuel for my decluttering fire! This is my year. The clutter-free life I’ve been fantasizing about is finally within reach.
Are you craving FREEDOM from clutter? What’s holding you back?
I'm happy to share any part of my decluttering/purging/editing/donating/selling process. Just ask! It's not always been pretty, but I'm getting somewhere!!