I received this email from a lovely lady last week who is just about to begin her journey on the quest to declutter. The email read…
Hi Colleen, I am new to your blog but spent a bit of time reading through some past posts. Betty Jo suggested I come over and I am so glad I did. I am literally just on day one of my journey to declutter but am actually looking forward to it. The serious work will begin in the morning…I already know where I am starting. Thanks for spurring me on. Patty
I am glad Patty has found her way to my blog and is most welcome here. This is the reason I started my blog in the first place. I figured so long as I am learning my way I may as well try to help others along with me and together we could make our homes and our world a better place.
No matter where you are on the journey whether at the beginning, half way along or approaching the finish line the message is the same. Take your time and work at a pace that is comfortable to you. It is not a race to see who can finish first or a competition to see who can end up with the least amount of stuff. It is about reducing the things that are cluttering your life, not giving up the things that you love. It is about learning to resist the urge to waste money and space on unnecessary purchases that will ultimately become future clutter. It can be about freeing up funds that would otherwise be squandered keeping up with the Joneses. It is sometimes about doing the right thing by the environment.
Whatever it is to you, don’t give up, chip away at it everyday even if only for 10 minutes. It’s about the journey, not the destination, and everyone at 365 Less Things is here to help each other. All you need to do is ask for advice, encouragement or even a shoulder to cry on when you get frustrated and discouraged. There is as much helpful advice in the comments from my readers as there is in the posts I write so please check them out as well.
So, welcome to any new readers and to those who have been with me for a while I really appreciate your support and input. I felt it was a good day to reinforce this message not only to you all but also to myself and wish you all happiness in your decluttering.
ITEM 278 OF 365 LESS THINGS
The last item from the Day 273 search through the laundry cupboard
5 things I am grateful for today
- Kind words – these can bring sunshine on a rainy day.
- Kind deeds – done with a good heart for no reward.
- Kind intentions – even when misconstrued are still what they are.
- Kind people – the deliverers of the above.
- Ability to forgive – when kindness is absent