For 14 years my decluttering was punctuated by 6 monthly bursts, and after each phase was completed i felt a feeling of calmness wash over me. I was left completly bewildered as to how my house got so full of clutter!! Then 18 months ago, fed up with the usual six monthly ritual i decided enough is enough!! I had to declutter and keep it that way, we had a major cull and as drawers were emptied the furniture was sent to the charity shop. I sent what felt like a thousand storage ‘solutions’ packing too. We remoddelled our kitchen and delibretly installed no drawers. I felt happy and calm at my sparse home, the rest of the family enjoyed it too!! Friends would ask ‘Where’s your stuff’.
One day I Googled minimalism and stumbled across some blogs, including this one, I finally felt at home!!! I read about 5 blogs, but 365 Less Things is the one that is updated daily, therefore it is my daily inspiration!!! Thank you Colleen & Cindy!! I totally realised that this was the way I wanted to take our family of 6, 2 cats and 2 dogs. A light bulb had gone off in my head, there was no way I was going back to my 6 monthly ritual. I realised that consumerism was the reason my house got in such a mess and we collectively decided as a family to step of the treadmill. Shopping for leisure was no more, as most of what we decluttered was impulse buys. Sure we still need to shop, and the truth is I enjoy it, but it is more a measured and well thought out process, but it is no longer a focus in our lives.
The photos of our home were taken at 10 am in the morning all the kids were at school and minimal tidying was done, i.e beds made, breakfast dishes done, bathroom cleaned and washing done. It took me 15 minutes for my house to look this way, and I promise you this is a true representation of our home.
Everyone enjoys our home more, we spend less time organizing and cleaning and more time doing things we truly value, and because it is so tidy it becomes obvious for everyone when something is out of place. We all feel that our home truly nourishes us, and this is our prize!! So dear readers this is my advice to you all, keep your eye on the prize, work away at it and believe you can do it, one day , one item at a time. This is our journey so far.