…but then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption. I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.” ~ Frank Sinatra*
People often ask me if I have any regrets about things I have decluttered. The answer is a few, but none that I would lose any sleep over.
There has been the odd thing that later I realised I could have saved for one of my children. But one can never predict at what point ones children will leave home and I was not about to hoard those things for ever. So I am glad I got rid of them. Besides, I have managed to acquire the things they need, either bought secondhand or acquired secondhand for free via Freecycle.
I also decluttered all the cheap reading glasses I had prior to my beginning to wear prescription glasses. I should have saved one pair for long haul flights, as the in-flight entertainment screens are hard to look at through progressive lenses. But since my eyesight gets poorer over time, the ones I owned would probably not be suitable anymore anyway.
So, as you can see from those two examples, my regrets are easily brushed aside. Right now I can’t think of anything else I have regretted decluttering, although I am sure there are a few I have long ago overcome and forgotten about.
However, what I do have more regrets over, and larger regret at that, is having acquired certain items in the first place. Sometimes this can’t be helped because the decision and choice seemed right at the time but in hindsight were not so good. Circumstances and options change and with that needs change and an item can become unsuitable. At other times the decision was just wrong from go to woe. I have plenty of these regrets that I could rattle off here but I won’t for my own sanity.
When I decided to write this post I was trying to come up with a title when the song lyrics of “I did it my way” came to mind. “Regrets, I’ve have a few, but then again, too few to mention…” matched very nicely with what I had on my mind. But then I realised how appropriate the line “…I did it my way” also was to my decluttering journey. I did do it my way, I kept what was useful, beautiful and important to me. Often going against convention, but in my opinion convention can be quite flawed so I had few qualms about that. Anyhow, I like to be different. 😉
So just remember, declutter fearlessly and individually.
- Don’t be overly concerned about the possibility of future regret.
- Forgive yourself those unwise purchases of the past and just promise yourself to be more discerning in the future.
- And declutter to suit yourself, not what other people think is the done thing.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter excess cushions and throw rugs. The ones you sit or drape on furniture as a decor item. They are a pain when you want to sit down and are just in your way. Perhaps a few of those six cushions/pillows on your bed that you pull off and put back on every night and morning.
Eco Tip for the Day
Rather than opting for the easy choice of wrapping cling film over food, utilise that overabundance of empty plastic containers in your kitchen cupboard.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow