How will decluttering help me?
So you’re here because, well, you want to find out how to decluttering will help you, right? You’ve read decluttering will “transform your life”, “save you money” and even “help you lose weight”.
First things first- do you feel your life needs changing? Do you feel hemmed in by your possessions and that they own you, not the other way round? If you do then there probably is room ( pardon the pun) to take a look at what you own and if you need all of it. It’ll also help you to be more organised too.
Do all those possessions give you peace of mind, or are they a millstone round your neck? “But it’s hard to let things go!” I hear you cry. You’re right- it is- but it doesn’t mean it has to be a bad thing.
Your home is meant to be a relaxing, safe place for you to be and decompress from the outside world. To do that, you need space within it. Your mind will be clearer and you should find it easier to sleep ( even WebMD says so).
But what you own isn’t what you are.
It sounds deep, but it’s true. Everybody worries about how they’re perceived and what they show to the world, but will those new shoes really be that different to the other 30 pairs you already have? Do you feel deep down that those new jeans you saw yesterday will be that different to all the others in your wardrobe? And it’s not just clothes. Are you like a magpie when it comes to new kitchen gadgets? Or books? Or ornaments?
If you’re really honest with yourself, you’re trying to fill a hole. It’s a little voice that whispers in your ear “Buy it, buy it- you’ll feel better when you do”. And you will- for a short while. Then the hit fades and you’re left back where you started, but with an extra possession to make room for.
Find contentment within yourself, not your possessions. Live through your experiences, not what you own.
It boils down to three points-
1-What do you need?
2-What do you love?
3-What can’t you replace?
Here’s a true story. While clearing out my room at my parents’ house a few years ago, I found some old cassette tapes ( if you’re under 30, ask your parents). Now they brought back good memories. I remembered listening to them while I was doing my A-levels and at university on my trusty Walkman (again, under-30’s, see above). I remembered travelling into my local town with friends to buy some of them. But what was I going to do with a bunch of 20 year old tapes in 2015 and no way to play them?
Did I need them? No. Did I love them? No, but I loved the memories. Could I replace them? No. I couldn’t buy them again anyway, and they wouldn’t have been the particular tapes I’d bought many years ago. But I didn’t want to lose them all. I compromised. I had to junk most of them and I kept two which were especially nostalgic.
You don’t have to rampage through your house discarding everything you own, feelings be damned. But you would be wise to start thinking about what this or that really means to you. Think minimal- some stuff you know you don’t need. Get rid of that first. Then get rid of anything broken. That’s pretty obvious. The rest will be things you’ll need to think about. And that’s fine too.
As the old joke goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” If you’ve felt overwhelmed for a long time, decluttering won’t be something you can do in a day or a week. But that’s where I hope this blog can help.
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