When some people hear the word 'Declutter', they inwardly groan, roll their eyes, or make excuses.
For years, I held onto 'stuff'. There was no real reason except, that in the back of my mind, I reasoned it might be needed one day and we had worked hard to obtain it.
Then in 2020, the world turned upside down. We began going through the stored boxes in the shed. Opening some of the boxes revealed items that had been packed from moving back in 2007!
During the Christmas holidays at the end of 2020, I began the process of 'decluttering' the house.
Beginning wasn't easy. I read articles, watched shows, and started small.
After winter and then after again Christmas, I always felt overwhelmed by so much stuff around the house. Everyday cleaning seemed to be moving items around but never decreasing the volume of things.
We had talked about installing furniture to display our treasured pieces. So beginning with the bookcase, then progressing to wardrobes, kitchen cupboards, excess and old clothing, toys, DVD's, and items, we slowly began decluttering.
Now in 2023, the house is easy to clean and maintain. I have time to appreciate my home.
With the children now grown and living their own adventures, the house is much quieter. Having our space decluttered and simple allows us to enjoy time with friends, and not be overwhelmed, or stressed by piles of items.
One of our pastors shared a quote in our weekly newsletter some time ago and this challenged me to think about what items I was holding onto and why. The quote: "Hold loosely to the things of this life, so that if God requires them of you, it will be easy to let them go."
Decluttering, I found, wasn't just throwing everything out. Going through the process, helped me appreciate what I have, what we need, enjoy and use. Giving items away to others, charity, etc meant what we no longer needed was repurposed by others.
Instead of hours and hours of cleaning each week, the house can be tidy in a short time.
Yes, there's still the 'deeper' cleans to be undertaken, such as windows, walls, etc. But the general, day-to-day cleaning takes a short amount if time, allowing me to undertake other roles and projects.
If you are considering decluttering, be mindful about why you want
to do this. Consider seriously what you need, what can be repurposed, donated or sold.
Be realistic and most of all, be kind to yourself in the process.