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January 06, 2011

A Decluttering Goal

I recently came across an article on CNN which i thought was briliant in helping me achieve my goal of decluttering our small condo. I like to consider our Kleenex Tissue Box sized place cozy with two dogs and the Husband and I, but let's face it... It's a small space.  The article gave three ways to help declutter: The name of this game: "Let's pretend we're moving oversees". (Article is Learning Value of Stuff by moving oversees by Tsh Oxenreider.)

Here were the three main points that hit home most with me (i highly suggest you visit the great article to read the whole thing) :
1. It's just stuff...Getting rid of something isn't just saying no, it's saying yes to what you're gaining -- more space, more visual clarity, and less to dust. When you start saying goodbye, the emotional attachment wanes.

2. Having less stuff means you have more of value. When you have fewer items, you can live in a smaller space. This means less time to clean, lower utilities, and fewer "Where are my keys?" moments. You gain time and money.

3. You can live on less. When you're intentional about what you bring into your home, there's less of a chance that your possessions own you. ... This means we don't need to earn much money to live on. This frees up a lot of options for us about where to go on vacation, where we should live, and even how to spend our afternoons. ...But the cost is smaller because I've learned how to prioritize what matters to us.... Living this way isn't about having nothing. It's about everything in your life having value. It's looking at all your belongings and knowing that you've given that thing permission to be there, that the item is truly adding value and beauty to your life...When you get rid of the things that don't matter, the things you do keep become that much more valuable, and you'll have more time and money to invest in quality over quantity.

What are the things that you do to help the clutter? Or do you thrive in it? Husband calls me a hoarder, but i'm more of a pack rat... my brother is too, so i'm wondering if its genetic (LOL)... Is this a vice you deal with?

1 comment:

  1. I used to have a really hard time getting rid of things, but I've gotten a lot better, especially since I care more about how our home looks now than I did when I was single and living by myself.

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