Are you ready to downsize but not even sure where to begin?!
When we look around our homes to begin the process of organizing and/or downsizing, we tend to get caught up in the “what if”.…
️- I better keep this just in case…..
-️ What if I need this for…
-So and so might be interested in this….
– If I lost 10 pounds and poodle skirts come back in style I would FOR SURE miss this….
-I have no use for this in the foreseeable future but I paid good money for this and I am NOT giving it away…
– I don’t really care for this, but Grandma Beth brought this over on the Mayflower and I can’t bear to part with it….
– I will save this to sell on E-Bay, Craigslist, garage sale…….
Do any of these sound familiar? I am sure many of us could think of other phrases and thoughts that we have heard from others, or even from ourselves. All kidding aside, clutter tends to hold us back in multiple ways- physically, mentally, and even relationally.
First, let’s look at the definition of clutter according to the dictionary:
As a noun, it is said to be a disorderly heap or assemblage; litter; a state or condition of confusion. As a verb it means to cover or fill (something) with an untidy collection of things.
Think about this…
If you were moving to another country, what would you take with you??? Pretend for just a moment (or a day…a week…a month) that you’re de-cluttering and organizing because you’re moving someplace exotic and you only need the minimum. 🌎
We really only need the basics and the things that bring us joy- definitely a lot less than what we’ve accumulated. So, are you ready to get started?
-Work in small increments of time and reward yourself often.
-Enlist a buddy.
-Make sure you take regular breaks and get fresh air.
-Take out the monetary aspect and remember that your safety and well-being are priceless.
-Allow yourself time to grieve as you feel feelings or say goodbye to items from a different time or special person.
Above all else, give yourself grace, and remember that those we hold close, and the experiences we share with them are way more fun than all our stuff. ❤️❤️❤️