Everybody has those drawers they open up and throw the odds and ends in, close, and then forget what we put in there because in our normal everyday life, that thing really doesn’t have a permanent home. Have you ever wondered if we really need that thing we just threw in the junk drawer? Odds are, we probably don’t need it.
Those are items I eventually like to hold up and ask myself “Do I want to keep shuffling this around? Sell it on eBay? Or put it in a yard sale?”
I have book shelves because I like to read.
My book shelves also end up being a catch all for trinkets, doodads and knickknacks. In other words, things that look cute or pretty, but serve no other purpose than to just sit there and look cute or pretty. After a while the doodads outweigh the books on the shelves and I have to thin them out. Besides looking like the beginnings of a hoarders show, they also collect a lot of dust and that adds a chore to my already heavy calendar. I don’t mind dusting, but I do mind having to dust so often.
If you have those drawers, or book shelves, or those boxes hiding under the bed that are nothing more than a collection of things that serve absolutely no purpose, then consider decluttering your life and getting rid of them.
I know! I know! Some things serve a sentimental purpose! I know this! I too have the sentimental chip firmly implanted in my noggin! Make a place, one place, to store your most sentimental possessions and let that be it. Don’t tuck away your memories all over the house.
One of my friends doesn’t have an attachment to things at all, sentimental or otherwise. She can purge everything and still be just fine. Wistful, IwishIstillhadthat feelings will never plague her. She suggests taking a picture of the item and letting that be your sentimental memory and then get rid of the item. I think this is a grand idea and plan to start doing this with my husband’s pool tournament trophies. 🙂 In fact, I’m pretty sure she told me she wants to do the same thing with her husband’s pool tournament trophies too, which is where I got the idea.
It can be overwhelming if you have stuff all over your living space. I can imagine the feeling of dread a person might have if they sat down to try to declutter all in one day, or one week, or even in one month. That just can not be done. Eventually you’ll just give up on the process altogether and might even go out and buy more stuff. Don’t do that!
Make a decluttering plan.
1. Note each area in your home that has clutter.
Now if you have clutter all over your living room I don’t mean for you to mark that down as Living Room. That defeats the purpose of not becoming overwhelmed. Break it down into areas. For instance; under the sofa, in the coffee table drawer, the bookshelf next to the window, etc.
2. Create a declutter calendar.
If you already keep a dayplanner or a list of chores to do daily, then use that. Incorporate this into your everyday established life so you’ll take it seriously.
3. Be realistic about your capabilities and only schedule decluttering when you know you’ll be able to make a dent in it.
Don’t schedule a declutter activity for every day of the week. You can, but it might become too overwhelming and you might quit. Start by scheduling smaller decluttering activities once a week. Bigger jobs can be scheduled for once a month. Give yourself time in between jobs to process the stuff you end up with that still doesn’t have a home. If you must, schedule time to grieve items you might need to part with, so your life can be mentally healthier. For instance, Hey Tori Spelling! Get rid of the bubble framed bouquet from your first marriage!! Seriously!
I was watching the episode of True Tori when she admitted to being a hoarder. The show followed her to a storage company where she has an outrageous number of storage lockers that she pays rent to keep stored. I know this is her past life and I feel her reticence in not wanting to part with items, but this has gotten way out of hand. When I see websites toting pictures of eviction notices because they can’t afford to pay their rent, then paying to store stuff is simply wrong. They could probably buy a house twice the size of the one they live in now if she just auctioned off every single storage locker.
Perhaps asking her to participate is out of the question though. It made me sad to see her going through one of the lockers and collecting more stuff to take back to her house. She doesn’t need more stuff. If she freed up her material life, I think her physical life would become so unencumbered that she might just set the world ablaze with her shining light. But the truth of that situation is that someone just needs to do this for her to get it started. She will never just start this on her own.
4. If you, or someone you know, is a compulsive hoarder, with mountains of stuff within the living area to the point of being a safety hazard, the best thing you can do is seek professional counseling.
You know when you have crossed the line into unhealthy collecting. There are people out here that can help you get to a place where you feel safe enough to start letting go of the things you’re hoarding. Never be afraid to ask for that kind of help.
When you can look around and really start to see clearly because there isn’t a bunch of stuff blocking the view, that’s when you know you’re on the road to really creating a better life for yourself and everyone around you. Good luck to everyone out there that takes on this challenge to declutter and clear it out. Please let me know your progress!! I’d love to hear from all of you!