“Clearing clutter—be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual—brings about ease and inspires a sense of peace, calm, and tranquility.” -Laurie Buchanan, PhD
“You’re the boss of clutter, not the other way around.” –
“Having too much of anything results in chaos, confusion, and clutter.” –
Written September 24, 2018 (See Original Post Here)
Today, I woke up feeling like I needed to let go. I wasn’t sure of what. I just felt this urgency to let go. With everything going on in my life this year, I have felt so weighed down. I feel like I have had no control over anything. I was sitting on my couch, watching Hoarders (which might have had something to do with it. HA!), and I decided I was going to go through our storage building, throw away or donate, reorganize the boxes, and make sure they were all labeled. I wanted to make it easier to find what I was looking for. So I DUG IN!! 🙂
I felt ridiculous as I was going through all of our things, and I will be honest most of it was my stuff from before we were married. It is crazy to have that much stuff and you aren’t using it. It is just sitting in boxes. I kept the things that have a lot of sentimental value and the baby stuff and clothes because we might have another baby, but anything else I trashed or donated. Every time I threw something in my truck, I felt myself getting lighter and lighter. I needed this. I needed to let go. It was so cathartic. It was a relief. The clutter might not have anything to do, directly, with everything that has been going on this year, but it is a great metaphor. With each choice of, keep, donate, trash…I felt like I was moving forward. You can’t let situations or material things weigh you down. Take a deep breath and let go…let go and grow.
LET GO AND GROW!!
Six emptied containers, two full truckloads of trash/donation, and I finally have an organized storage room. 🙂 I might not be able to control the situations going on in my life right now, but I can control how I react and what clutter (mental and physical) that I hold on to. I really needed this today. It is very symbolic. I needed to feel refreshed like I am moving in the right direction.
Beginning of a new year is always a good time to reevaluate your life. This day back in September really was much needed for me, and I felt such a relief to fill our truck with stuff that I no longer wanted to hold onto. It was freeing and therapeutic. I encourage you to do the same, but I know it isn’t always easy so here are 7 tips to declutter your house:
1. Create An Action Plan
An action plan is a must need, especially if you find it difficult to let certain things go or if you are feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few questions to ask yourself while creating an action plan:
- What areas need to be cleaned?
- What times/days do you have time to work on this?
- What is your end goal?
2. Create A “Maybe” Pile
I learned about this tip here. Once you start going through things, create a pile that is for “maybes,” and then hide them away somewhere. If you don’t use them in a month, then get rid of everything in the box.
3. Questions To Ask Yourself
When you are going through ideas, ask yourself these questions to decide whether you are going to keep, trash, or donate:
- How often do you use it?
- Is it a want or a need?
- Is it easy to replace?
4. If Possible, Digitize.
This is something I have just started doing recently, but I really love it. Anything that you can scan, do it. It will take up less space than a physical hard copy. It might take some time to get caught up, but once you do it is easy to keep up.
5. Check Expiration Dates
Food, medicine, makeup, perfume, cologne…check the dates! An easy way to get rid of stuff.
6. Go Through Closets First
If you are like me I tend to cram a lot of stuff at the bottoms and tops of my closets. If you are having trouble deciding what clothes or shoes to get rid of try using the “maybe” pile technique. Getting your closets cleaned is a good motivator to keep going.
7. Work A Little Each Day, Take Your Time And Claim Small Victories
Decluttering really is a marathon, not a sprint. So take your time, work a little each day, and be proud of the progress you make.
Do you have any tips for decluttering your home? I would love to hear about them in the comments! <3
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:31