With the changing of the seasons comes the perfect time to declutter, purge, deep clean and say out with the old, in with the new! But when was the last time you actually dove into your closet, your home or your garage and took a good long inventory of what exactly you were using and what was just taking up space?
The art of decluttering our lives seems like an ordinarily easy task from a ‘things acquired’ perspective. But have you honestly really tried it lately?
When moving from my large 3-story home to my tiny little apartment, a friend told me about a book by Marie Kondo on tidying up your life.
The philosophy is simple: touch each thing and ask yourself ‘does it bring me joy’? If so, place in one pile, if not – out to the dumpster it goes.
So I sat upon the task of starting with my wardrobe, since Marie recommends tackling categories in your home one at a time.
As I pulled clothes from the shelves that I hadn’t seen, let alone worn in years, some still with tags on them, I realized I had my work cut out for me.
First task-anything with a tag was bagged for Good Will. I figured if I hadn’t worn it yet, it wasn’t important. Were those clothes bringing me joy? I didn’t even know they were there – seems easy enough, right?!
Next came the varying size chart of my hanging clothes-I seriously could have opened a ladies clothing store! I had garments ranging from Size 2-Size 14 and everywhere in between…yet I still stressed about ‘not having anything to wear’! So what to do? My heart said keep the clothes cuz ‘when you finally lose the weight you’ll have stuff to wear.’ My head said ‘IF and WHEN you lose the weight, you’ll want to reward yourself with something new NOT something that’s been sitting in a closet for several years and probably out of style anyway’. Was looking at all those clothes and feeling sorry for myself about my current weight bringing me joy? Absolutely not !! Fifteen-some odd garbage bags later, I delivered those clothes to several women’s group and shelters. NOW I was beginning to be filled with joy!!
Hardest part? Walking down Nostalgia Row. Opening boxes that I hadn’t looked through in years took me down a slippery slope and had the potential to derail my declutter train. But I took Marie’s advice-if you haven’t needed, wanted, missed or been curious about what was in those boxes for at least a year-don’t even open them-get rid of them immediately! And bam-that dumpster was filled to the brim in less than 2 days!
I continued this joyful movement throughout my entire house and, man, did it feel good! My new place is very small and very minimalist by design. But I can honestly say I’ve surrounded myself by only the things that I truly love and that I can use and appreciate everyday. It’s a very freeing feeling!! Whattaya think? Feel like finding some JOY today? xx