Hello Friends! We made it through another week. My week was busy as usual, but I didn't get as much accomplished as I had wanted; as usual. My husband was away for a couple of days this week and I took the opportunity to do some major decluttering. The word declutter make me shutter sometimes because to declutter means you have clutter. And nobody wants that.
The amount of "stuff" we have has almost become stifling! It has really started to clutter my mind too I think. My mind has become so muddled that I have trouble concentrating, get easily distracted, and am even more forgetful than ever. Or maybe its all a sign of my age....birthday is looming.... I tend to put things in a pile and say I will get to that later. But later comes and that pile is still there. So really, is there anything in that pile worth keeping?
The more we have, the more time and energy we have to spend organizing and taking care of it. So we, and by that I mean me, really need to think about whether or not that "item" is worth the effort. Every year for the past few years I have been saying that I want my home to be tidy and more organized. I'm hoping this might be the year! To start, I have rented a table at a Flea Market/Rummage Sale next month to get rid of some of the excess around the house. Wish me luck! P.S. Sorry, but no before pictures of my messy abode. Don't want anyone to have nightmares. :)
Boxes and Bags and Piles of Stuff...Oh My!!
To help me go through each box, bag or pile, I think of the things I'd like to do if we only had the room. Really, we do have the room but its filled with that stuff. So now I'm really going to make room for what really matters. Keeping, and showcasing, only things that have a deeper meaning or purpose (see photo above). So into the sell pile will go the yarn and book about knitting hats, because we all know that's never going to happen. But I am sure there is someone out there who really loves to knit and would love these additions. Along with that will go the many books that have been read or never will, and the piles of clothes that the kids have outgrown or simply refuse to wear, etc. I have realized you have to be realistic about things when you sort. Are you ever going to use that ??? ? Really? Are you sure?? You may have spent good money on it, but isn't your sanity worth more? I vote yes!
When we are younger, we want more. As we age, we get tired of all that crap. LOL
Now I'm not going all Kon Marie. I just want my sanity back. Once you get everything in its place, its much easier to get it to stay in its place. Now I know a magic fairy isn't going to be helping me put things in order. My home will never be on the cover of House and Home magazine, and that is just fine with me. I have read "The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying up" by Marie Kondo and am presently finishing "The Joy of Less" by Francine Jay. The Kondo method was not for me but there were many points in that book that are relevant to everyone. What both books have in common is that they say to get rid of the crap that is weighing you down and only keep what you have room for and makes your heart sing with joy when you see it. I'm not talking about the "necessities" that we need in our homes. I'm talking about that things that we want, but don't really need, or even really want. The things that only make us feel good at that moment we acquire it. I remember when my husband and I first bought our house. I remember all the empty space in it and all the possibilities! I want that back!!
But! You have to want to get rid of the stuff. You will feel much better if you make the choice yourself. Get someone to help you think you need it. And if other people's stuff is crowding your space, make them deal with. Or at least give them the chance to make their choice first. Tell them to deal with it or you will. And remember; as you are letting you of the "stuff", let go of the guilt as well. Let go of the guilt of the money you spent on it. Let go of feeling guilty because someone gave you that item. If you don't want it or like it; just let it go.
So why am I making room for what really matters? Because it... matters to me. The reasons you have may be different from mine. We all have our reasons. Some of mine are:
- I am tired of looking at things that aren't being used and are just taking up space in my house. I want my house to feel like a home again.
- I want to make room to just sit back and relax. I don't want to see that pile of things in the corner staring at me. Taunting me. Telling me I have work to do and don't deserve to take a break.
- I want to make room for my photography so it can grow and flourish. So that I can feel like a real photographer.
- I want to be a good example to my kids so that they will want their spaces to be conducive to learning and creating and enjoying and just being happy.
- I want to make places in my home for the treasures my husband and I were gifted (and LOVE) belonging to our parents, grandparents, great grandparents and other relatives.
- I want the freedom that having a little clutter around can be tidied up quickly and not waste away precious time.
- I want a home that me and my family can enjoy together, because they are what really matters. I want to feel as free as I did when I went on a little adventure this past week. See photo below. (More details and photos about my adventure soon)
In the future, hopefully when I look at something and ponder buying it, I will think first. Does it have a place in my home? Do I really need it? Does it serve a purpose? I like the 24-hour rule. If you see something you want, wait 24 hours. Then decide if you are still in love with it. So friend, have you or are you in the process of making room for things that matter. Would you like to share? Feel free to comment below or send me an email. If you like my post, go ahead and click the like button and/or share with your friends. You can also sign up at the bottom of the page to be notified when I publish a new blog post. I do appreciate you coming back every week and I hope you enjoy the view from where I am...