DECLUTTER AND FEEL GOOD
the best thing about moving house, although it can one of the most traumatic experiences to go through, is the feeling you get when you finally throw away those things that have been sitting around without a purpose. An old lamp, a broken side table, a chipped vase, or even old shoes and clothes, clearing out an old garage or shed can be self-invigorating. Throwing out old shoeboxes filled with meaningless paper receipts from 2010. Clearing out unused, out of date pantry items, old socks with holes, ragged, worn towels. The list goes on. The good news is that you don’t have to move house to declutter your home.
What makes us keep things we no longer need? The nature to possess more rather than less, the urge to buy unnecessary items, the contribution we make to landfill and our carbon footprint is getting larger and larger. For those of us that recycle as much as possible, good’o to us, but the fact remains, most of us suffer from an illness called, ‘Accumulate More-itis’.
I recently went to visit a friend I hadn’t seen in a few months because she was recently made redundant and had more time to organise her life in between jobs. I was taken aback with the transformation she made. With less money, and more time, her home had been transformed. With uncluttered clean lines, minimal furniture and decorations, I must say I felt a sense of calmness and comfort in her new space. She had thrown away (or given to charity) most of her stuff and was not impulse buying anymore. She even looked healthier. It was a lesson to be learnt. Less clutter, less debt, less cleaning time, more money and energy to live life. Sounds appealing.
Many of you by this stage will begin to feel anxious, overwhelmed and exhausted already
by the thought of what lies ahead. Decluttering your home means decluttering your life as well (I’ll come to that later). But, you’ll be surprised to know that there are fun and creative ways that your declutter journey can take you. By the end, you’ll want to jump up to the stars and yell with glee at the feeling of accomplishment and lightheartedness you’ll feel. I kid you not!