Please share your decluttering secrets!
Do you ever feel like you are drowning in your ‘stuff’?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful that I have everything I need and a lot of what I want, but often I find myself tired of putting things away, cleaning things and most importantly LOSING things!
I’m a minimalist at heart, I know she’s in there somewhere. The trouble is, Mr Green is a hoarder!
I’m also a bit slovenly; it’s not unusual for me to walk past a pile of stuff that is on the stairs waiting to be put away. I know! How bad is that? Honestly, these piles of things, looking to find their homes can sit on the stairs for DAYS before I do anything about it. Thank goodness we have a broad staircase and no one has taken a tumble on a pile of books.
I get annoyed that so much of time seems to be taken up caring for my things. They need homes, space, cleaning…
Wouldn’t you rather be using the time you’re caring for your stuff doing something more meaningful?
For the past three years my new years resolution has been to do with organisation and decluttering. Am I any further forward than I was three years ago? Well yes, but I still have heaps more boxes and bags and cupboards and drawers to go. And as I get older and my values change I find myself become more and more intolerant of STUFF everywhere.
Most of all I get annoyed because we end up late due to losing things; that drives me CRAZY.
Thankfully, Small Footprints and the Change the World Wednesday gang are right on board to help me. This week we’ve been challenged to create a list of unneeded household items that we can donate to charity. Hot on the list of suspects are clothing, books and bedding.
Now we all know there is nothing quite so great as a good declutter, but my issue is lack of motivation. The task feels so overwhelming. Plus my inner critic won’t let me take a rest – she is always taunting me with ‘not good enough’ and pushes me to do more and more until I burn out and become defeated.
I understand the Flylady approach of working in 15 minute bursts, I get the baby steps approach, I appreciate you can’t allow anything new into your life until you’ve released the old, but I still struggle with the words in my head. I find myself feeling depressed because I’ve been working hard yet everything seems even MORE messy. I make excuses that I’m too busy, too tired, or lament over the point, seeing as I’m living with a hoarder any way…
So what’s the answer?
I don’t know, perhaps you can share your advice with me …