Decluttering Made Easy
October 25, 2011
It was evident that our new-found roominess was having an impact on my family. Just last weekend I caught my husband with arms outstretched at a 45° angle from his sides. He bobbed to the left, then to the right.
“Something feels different,” he remarked. “I’m not banging into anything as I walk down the hallway.” After a pause, “What is it?”
This from a man who doesn’t notice my new hairdo after I’ve spent three hours at the hairdressers. Hard work, I tell you. Hard work!
“I got rid of three major pieces of furniture, sold all the kids’ toys* and removed 25 pounds of books from the shelf. What’s for lunch?”
Decluttering is a tactile thing. You really feel the space clear as you reclaim it. My clutter diet has changed the way even my husband perceives our surroundings.
Everything just feels lighter. I see swift surfaces on which you can glide your hand. No knees are knocked or knuckles scraped. Air mingles with the few items left. Wind dances between things.
It is bliss. And it makes me ask myself “Do I really need this?” before I bring anything new into the space we just cleansed.
Defragmenting your own home doesn’t have to be hard. Be realistic. These things take time so tackle smaller projects, one after the other. For instance, if you want to make more room quickly, consider getting rid of extra furniture that no longer works for you. Donate old books to your local library (and enjoy a possible tax deduction). Clear out one closet per weekend until they are all clean.
What area of your life needs clearing today?
*Editor’s Note: We sold the children’s toys at their behest. They’ve moved on. So have we!
- Decluttering – Creating Staging Areas (modernaspirations.com)
- Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – DAY 12 : Declutter Your Zen! (becomeabetteryouin365days.com)
- Decluttering (kleenexmums.com.au)