Strange title I know but it probably caught your eye and made you wonder what I am going to be on about today. The thing that triggered this post was a post my Jenny at Ex-consumer called Early To Rise about trying a new routine of getting up earlier in order to see if it relieved the stress of not having enough hours in the day to get things done. Let’s face it there is nothing to be lost in giving something a try you can always go back to your old ways if the new situation doesn’t work for you.
With that thought in mind, why not try it with decluttering if you are unsure how you feel about getting rid of things. This is not a new concept but it bares rehashing every so often.
Lets say you think you might like to declutter your kitchen, pare it down to the more essential items that you know you use on a regular basis but you are afraid you may find after the fact that you have gone too far. Why not have a practice declutter that you can reverse if necessary. Sounds feasible and here is the plan.
- Get one or two packing boxes. The kind a removal company might use or anything else you can get your hands on.
- Allocate a space in your garage or basement where you can store these boxes for three months.
- Select the items from your kitchen that you think you don’t want to keep and/or rarely use.
- Carefully pack all the items into the boxes.
- Mark the boxes with their contents just in case you get desperate to retrieve something.
- Store the boxes in your chosen place for three months.
- Continue using your kitchen as usual.
When/if you ever get a pang that you would like something back don’t immediately try to find it among the items in the boxes. Use a little ingenuity and find a way to substitute that item with something else in the range of things you still have. Try not to resort to entering the boxes until the three month period is up. In fact I wouldn’t even make of a note of the things you thought you want back out of the boxes as the time goes along.
After the three months is up you can do what works best for you.
- Donate the entire box of goodies to the charity of your choice if you didn’t encounter any regrets.
- Have a garage sale and sell the boxes of stuff.
- Open the boxes and retrive the things you did miss and donate or sell the rest.
- Get a couple more boxes and repeat in another area of the house.
- Or put all the clutter back into your kitchen and stop reading my blog. 😆
This concept is the opposite of trying before you buy. You are trying life without an item before you get rid of it altogether. Give it a try and see what you can live without.
Today’s Declutter Item
I sold this item a couple of months back on ebay. In order to encourage a sale I offered to store it until it could be collected by an out of town winning bidder. It took some time to finalise the sales due to this arrangement but we got there in the end. I was just happy to sell it and my daughter was happy to get the money.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
I am grateful for stumbling upon the post draft above that I published today. I think I am coming down with something or I just have bad hay fever. Either way I wasn’t feeling great so it was nice to have a post up my sleeve so I didn’t have to try to focus on writing.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast