We all have different reasons to keep on decluttering. I think ultimately, decluttering facilitates living in the moment, open to new opportunities because you have physically and psychologically made room for them.
But it’s all too easy for us to bury our heads in the sand about aging and illness and the effect too much clutter has on our lives when unexpected illness and disability strike.
I’m only 50, but have experience of how quickly and unexpectedly we can become ill or disabled, because it happened to me in my 20’s, leaving me drained of energy for a decade and then in my 40’s, I had a sudden onset arthritis that left me crippled over night, not able to dress myself or even eat as my jaw was affected. I didn’t know if I would ever walk without sticks again, let alone drive. And once you have lost mobility and often energy, life becomes much harder to perform the simplest tasks, or indeed access anything stored in attics or under the bed. When putting your socks on uses up a day’s energy, then de-cluttering is going to go way on the back burner.
Fortunately thanks to medication my life is currently on an even keel, but it certainly highlighted for me I needed a clutter free home to aid mobility but also to avoid the frustration of not have the strength or agility to sort stuff that I knew needed sorting. It also reminds me that in old age, I won’t have children to help sort and clear and do practical jobs as we are doing with my in-laws and my own parents.
If I get to the stage of needing to go into a care home, I don’t want to face having to sort a life time of stuff then. If we need to sell up and to get a home without stairs, I don’t want to not be able to do that because I haven’t the energy.
I still get easily overtired, so the simpler I can make my life, with a place for everything and everything in its place the better. For people with low energy for whatever reason, Colleen’s one item a day is a perfect way to declutter. And every time I get rid of a few more things, I feel a little lighter, physically and mentally.
I wonder how many of you struggle with ill health that means you have to go slower on this declutter journey than you would choose.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something from the guest room.
Eco Tip for the Day
When all else is equal between one product or another choose the one with the most eco friendly packaging.
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It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow