MY JOURNEY FROM DECLUTTERING TO INTENTIONAL LIVING
Decluttering is one of the best ways of making your home easier to manage. Yet, you can experience even more benefits of a clutter-free life if you also get intentional about the rest of your life. Check out this post to find out about my own journey from declutttering to intentional living, why it can help you too and how to get started.
For those of you that have been around my blog any length of time, you’ll know that I write a lot about practical ways you can declutter and make your life easier through simple living, minimalism and intentional living. These are the choices I make daily to create my best life – what I consider important enough to let in and what it’s equally important to keep out.
I wanted to write this post to help explain these terms, their relationship and how they fit in with each other in our daily lives.
My journey to my current lifestyle started out when I spent a weekend decluttering my wardrobe. I’d had enough of not being able to find anything to wear and fed up of looking like something the cat had dragged in. I’d become totally resentful that my kids and work commitments meant that early frantic mornings left me little time to make myself look good and more importantly, feel good, each morning. It wasn’t their fault though, it was mine for not getting myself sorted!
Decluttering my wardrobe bought instant benefits so I carried on decluttering the rest of my home – the toys, the kitchen, the garage and so on. Owning less stuff created more time, space and energy for other things that I wanted to do instead.
Decluttering was the first step and it was how I learnt, first-hand, that decluttering was a great solution to many problems and it began my journey to a more intentional life that supports me.
However, I soon learnt that the benefits of decluttering were only as good as long as they lasted! The clutter soon crept back if I didn’t stay on top of it and those benefits disappeared as fast as the clutter reappeared. It was so frustrating!
I found that the only way to keep a decluttered home was to change my relationship with my belongings. This is how I became Minimalist.
Becoming Minimalist meant that I no longer wanted random stuff that I didn’t really want or need. More than a simple act of throwing out the clutter, Minimalism was more of a lifestyle shift where I needed less physical possessions and actual stuff just to make me happy.
I shopped more mindfully and pared my possessions down to the minimum. I never felt I was losing out by becoming Minimalist as I was only ever getting rid of the things that weren’t important to me so I didn’t miss them if I didn’t have them anymore!
My Minimalist lifestyle and approach didn’t stop there. I found that Minimalism could be applied to different areas of my life including my calendar, my goals and my eating habits. It was just a question of using the same Minimalist principles – in a nutshell, keep what’s important and get rid of the rest.
Eliminating the excess in my life bought about a complete change. I found that I naturally chose less of a lot of things. I wanted less stress in my life, less clutter in my home, less complicated finances, less fancy recipes, less commitments in my diary. More specifically, I wanted less of the things that wore me down and more of the things that lifted me up.
I naturally gravitated to simple – a simpler lifestyle, a simpler schedule, a simpler self care routine, a simpler way of setting goals.
This is why I like to write about simple living. A simpler lifestyle doesn’t have a label or a definition. It’s not encumbered with statistics about how many possessions you have.
Simple living is about intentionally choosing and including in your life what’s right for you. There are no rules, no measurements, no notion of going without. And that leads me on to the next step of my journey…
I believe that intentional living is where decluttering, minimalism and simple living all come together.
- If you make the effort and take action to declutter your home then you’re being intentional.
- If you look into minimalism and the concept of needing and having less stuff and try it out for yourself, then you’re being intentional.
- If you make a conscious choice to make your life less complicated and therefore so much easier, then you’re being intentional.
Intentional living underpins all these because it means you’re being purposeful, deliberate and INTENTIONAL about creating your best life.
You decide changes need to be made and you make them. You don’t wait around for them to happen to you.
I have a really detailed but completely FREE short course on intentional living which will teach you how to live intentionally.
HOW IT CAN HELP YOU!
Your Intentional Life focuses on some of the key aspects of life which can make or break us and we’ll find ways to simplify and make things easier.
But, this course will also help and motivate you to work out what you want from life more generally, what needs to change AND give you the tools to do this through question prompts and actionable challenges.
It’s a short course with a big purpose and it’s totally FREE! No matter what stage of life or season you’re in. Have kids or no kids, career or not, all of us can benefit from evaluating our life and take intentional steps to make it the best it can be!