Have you ever considered having less, but really didn’t understand what to expect?
I was so scared when I started decluttering back in 2013. I was frightened that I was going to miss all my “things” that I had spent so much time and energy accumulating.
After learning that it wasn’t as difficult as I originally thought, I began to realize that having less actually made me feel like I had more.
This post is all about what you need to know before you start decluttering your house and life.
Read this Before You Start Decluttering
You will spend less time cleaning
Who wouldn’t want to spend less time cleaning?
People often ask me, “How do you keep your house so clean all the time?” And the answer is: I have less stuff. Having less things means there is literally less to clean.
- Less nicknacks to dust
- Less surfaces to wipe sticky fingerprints off
- Less pillows to take off the bed at night and put back on in the morning
I do not want to spend my weekend or week nights cleaning. Instead, I want to spend them hosting family dinners, or playing outside at the park with the neighbor friends, or watching Netflix in my pajamas with my daughter.
What have you been putting off, so that you can keep a tidy house?
You will feel more relaxed and less anxious
I now have the time to do the things I want, that actually make me happy.
I love taking the time to go on a nightly walk with my husband. We spend less time gossiping about acquaintances and spend more time chit chatting about our dreams and aspirations. And it feels so good.
What is one thing you absolutely love doing, but can’t seem to make the time for anymore?
You will have more money to do the things you want
When I stopped spending money on trivial things, I started having more money to experience the things I had always dreamt of. For me this included:
- Going to visit my brother in Colorado for our annual snowboarding trip to Breckenridge in the winter.
- Buying that Louis Vuitton handbag that I wanted since I was 18 years old.
- Treating my kids to weekly dinner at the golf course down the street.
I’m a firm believer that while money doesn’t buy happiness, it does provide a certain level of comfort and allow for more experiences.
What is that one thing you’ve really wanted, or wanted to experience, and you haven’t had the money?
You won’t miss “all the stuff”
I started the decluttering process in my closet and I was so scared that I was going to miss the variety of colors and styles.
But in all reality, I only wore the same 5 shirts consistently. All the others were static, distracting me from the 5 shirts that I actually felt good in.
That doesn’t mean I don’t collect things. I currently have three pairs of Vans slip on shoes because I love them and I wear them every single day, and I would not be apposed to purchasing another.
Grayson, my youngest son, collects stuffed animals. He has a mixture of new ones and passed-down ones. These are important to him, so I go out of my way to make it important to me. He keeps a couple on his bed, a couple on a shelf and the rest go in bins that he can easily access.
It’s less about having all the things, and more about having less things that are really special.
What is something that you love collecting?
It’s not wasteful
On the contrary, having 96 shirts in my closet that I didn’t wear was wasteful. It wasted space in my closet and it wasted my time in choosing an outfit (Let’s be honest, I wasn’t going to wear them anyway).
After going through the decluttering process, donating the extra clothes felt good because I knew they were going to go to someone who needed them and would use them.
What is something that you no longer use and have been holding on to because of the cost?
When I started decluttering, I had no idea of how much easier and more enjoyable it would make my life because I was so blinded by all the materials had collected. But, I love not feeling limited in my purchases – the freedom is exhilarating.
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