Here are some questions to ask yourself if you have a lot of nicknacks adorning your home. Usually a home full of nicknacks also has additional furniture to house those nicknacks. Pedestals and little tables for them to sit on, china cabinets and bookshelves crammed with them, open 3D frames hanging on the wall containing more tiny bits and pieces. Just the thought of it all makes me wheeze and sneeze. So here are my questions…
- How important can each and every item possibly be to you when they are crammed onto shelves where you can’t even see half of them because they are hidden behind one another?
- How often do you actually take the time to look at each and every one of these items?
- How clean is your home on a daily basis when there are so many of these items that you can only bring yourself to dust them once a year?
- How much time and energy do you even have to devote to maintaining your home in this state?
- How easy is your home to clean properly when so much wall and floor space is covered with the furniture or props holding these items?
- How much money has been spent acquiring these items while renovations and repairs have gone begging on the structure you live in?
- How much more could you enjoy and appreciate your favourites among these items if the overall quantity were fewer and less crowded?
- If you died tomorrow would you really want your loved ones to have to deal with all your stuff in their time of grief?
If you do have a desire to reduce your collection in order to make cleaning day easier but you are having a hard time letting go it is possible to desensitise yourself from this anxiety. All you have to do is choose an item that you care the least about among the collection and let it go. If you feel any pangs after parting with an item remind yourself of your goal of easing your cleaning burden. Give yourself a day or two to establish the fact that you have barely noticed an item’s absence and then choose another least loved item and again let it go. Continue on with this method and I am sure you will end up letting go of more items than you ever thought you would.
Rearrange and spruce up your collection as you progress so as to have it looking the best it can. Bringing all your favourites to the fore.
Hopefully you will advance so far with this task that you start to empty furniture items and can also remove them to create open spaces which are easy to clean. Just thinking about all the balls of fluff, dust mites and possibly even mould and roaches that can hide in all these nooks and crannies makes me cringe. And although that may sound a little melodramatic it is entirely possible. In Australia these are also places where venomous spiders (Redbacks and Whitetails) can lurk.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter any old manuals or warranty papers that are out of date or you no longer have the items for. This is one of those areas of paperwork that builds up over time. Be vigilant because paperwork can be very daunting to deal with when allowed to accumulate.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow