My simplifying journey started out when I spent a weekend decluttering my wardrobe.
I’d had enough of not being able to find anything to wear, throwing on clothes that I didn’t really feel good in as I ran out of time to get dressed in the busy mornings. I was frustrated that juggling family and work left me little time to make myself look good and more importantly, feel good, each morning.
I was stressed out and worn out. Of course, it wasn’t really just about my clothes, but life in general. Things needed to change!
Decluttering my wardrobe bought about instant benefits, so I carried on decluttering the rest of my home – the toys, the kitchen, the garage and so on.
Little by little, I began to notice some big differences, not just in my home, but in other areas of my life too.
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, about the benefits of decluttering and it began my journey to a more intentional life that supports me better.
If you’d like to explore decluttering for yourself, I thought it might be helpful to share some thoughts below and suggested further reading if you’d like to go a step further…
Clearing our clutter creates space and calm in our homes. We have less stuff to look after and more free time for other things. With more space and more time comes less stress, more ease and more freedom for the things that we most value rather than the stuff that just weighs heavy in our hearts and minds.
Decluttering is the first step that many people take when simplifying their lives. It’s the way that most of us can see and feel the biggest difference and it’s the springboard to a life that’s fuller in every way (just without so much stuff!).
“Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we discover all the things that really do.” (Joshua Becker)
Decluttering isn’t always easy. There are so many reasons why we get attached to our stuff or have too much of it and sometimes it’s difficult to know where or how to start decluttering.
If this feels familiar to you, take heart as you’re definitely not alone and there are some helpful tips and strategies to make it easier to get started.
Decluttering is not a precise science and working out what’s clutter and what’s not can take practice and a little self-reflection.
For decluttering to be sustainable and beneficial over the longer term, it helps to approach the decluttering process by asking the right questions. Decluttering is about working out what’s important to you and adds value to your life in some way. It’s not just about getting rid of things for the sake of it.
Decluttering can take a lot of time if you want it to. For many of us, though, setting aside large chunks of time to declutter your entire home might seem a little overwhelming or unrealistic if you have a busy life.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a clutter-free home! It’s about finding little slots of time every now and then and having a plan or project that you can get stuck into when you have a moment.
Decluttering can bring about some fantastic benefits but reaching that point can be tough. It’s very common to lose motivation after the initial burst of enthusiasm, be unsure what step to take next or simply feel a little overwhelmed.
Don’t give up. Just remember that it’s not a race and taking your time to let the changes happen and take effect isn’t such a bad thing.
Clearing some space makes your home easier to keep clean and tidy and more peaceful and relaxing to your body and mind.
“Clutter is not just physical stuff, it’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits.” (Eleanor Brown)
You can declutter other areas of your life asking yourself the same questions about what’s adding value to your life and what’s just clutter. You’ll get some wonderful benefits in other ways.
I hope this information has been helpful to you. For more articles on decluttering, hop over to the decluttering archives.
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