Way back on the 5th of March when we got this blog up and running I wrote the “about” page to introduce my new adventure to anyone who cared to read it. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and I thought it was about time that I updated the “about” page to better reflect the current personality of the blog. Here is what I have come up with…
About 365lessthings Part II
At the start of this journey my intention was to journal about the physical and psychological aspects of my daily decluttering efforts. I immediately starting reading other decluttering blogs for inspiration and these sites and forums alerted me to the existence of the minimalist movement. One link lead to another and the next thing you know I realised there is more to this than just cleaning out my house.
First there was learning to resist the temptation of the materialistic desire to go out and buy more “stuff”. Although I knew shopping was a big no no if I wanted to actually achieve anything with my decluttering efforts it is another thing to act upon it. Or not act upon it as the case may be. I am happy to say that I was amazed at how quickly I adapted to this key law of decluttering. Minimalist blogs soon alerted me to how much pollution and waste is produced by adding to the supply and demand of unnecessary items purchased day in day in by consumers just like me. If that doesn’t put you of shopping nothing will.
Then there was the mental ties that had to be broken to objects around my home that I thought meant something to me on a personal level. Very soon I realised that it was the memories these object provoked that were of importance to me and that I didn’t need “stuff” in order to keep these memories alive.
One thing you may have noticed that I don’t write about is organisation. Even though I am a bit of a natural at this (even if I say so myself) and a neat freak to boot I soon came to the conclusion that I don’t want to encourage people to keep stuff because I gave them a good storage solution. I figure that if we all do this job properly there should be so little left that their position in the home should be logical so no organization skills would be required.
I have also become interested in the idea of less stuff requires a smaller space to keep it in therefore a smaller home should be enough to satisfy our needs in the future. We had actually downsized before all this started which was the catalyst for the decluttering in the first place but I am sure that once both our children have left home we will be keen to downsize once again. This concept also has great advantages for the environment.
So as you can see I have learned a lot so far on this journey I am on and I dare say there are many more lessons to come before it is finished but I am very open to the experience.
I will cut and paste this to my About 365lessthings page the next time I have access to the internet.
ITEM 263 OF 365 LESS THINGS
Some bits and pieces I found in my camphor wood chest that are pretty much useless to anyone