A month ago I asked my readers to send in their requests for post subjects. Lisa sent in the following request, a subject which I have covered many times before but is always worth revisiting.
Here is Lisa’s comment…
Okay, so I read most of the answers and then stopped. 🙂 So, I kinda feel like I am always decluttering and bringing bags of bags of stuff to the thrift stores and other places, but when does it end? When do we have the right amount of stuff? I just can’t get over that I can still take garbage bags full of stuff out our home.
And here is the response I left for her…
it ends when you are ready, when you reach the level of simplicity that works for you. I can assure you that the goal posts will just keep moving as you realise more and more, through this experience, that you need a whole lot less than you ever thought you would. Trust me I speak from experience here. I wasn’t sure I would have enough stuff to declutter to keep me going for the first 365 days 0f my pledge to remove one thing a day. Boy was I wrong, two years and three months later I am still decluttering. And it isn’t because a whole lot of new stuff has taken its place, because it hasn’t, it is just that I don’t need the stuff and the more I declutter the more aware I become of that fact. My cupboards are emptier and maintenance is easier and I am loving it and I’m not done yet. So keep at it, you will know when you are done. It is well worth the journey.
Having said that, I have more to add. Only occasionally do I wonder, when will I be done with this decluttering task. As this thought crosses my mind another quickly comes in to take its place and that thought is this ~ How incredible is it that I keep discovering that I can live with even less. I don’t care how long it takes to reach the end of my journey, I don’t even know where that is. What I do know is the I am a changed person for having started down this path.
Before I began I loved getting new things and I enjoyed shopping. Like most people the novelty soon worn off the old stuff and I was left with the desire to replace it with something new and exciting. Now I am free of that need and happy to be so.
Prior to this slow approach to decluttering I was organised, my house was tidy and my finances were in good shape but…
- The cupboards were full of things I didn’t need. I thought I wanted them but now I know better.
- I spent more time cleaning than I needed to because there was more things to dust and more items to move in order to mop and vacuum. There were also those periodic cleaning tasks required due to the hard to get at places packed with stuff we didn’t need.
- I wasted money on things I didn’t really need.
- I wasted space on things I didn’t use.
- I was harsh on the environment by adding to the supply and demand of products that were unnecessary.
Decluttering used to be about removing the stuff I didn’t use or that the kids had grown out of or that we just didn’t like anymore only to eventually be replace with more stuff we soon stopped using, fitting or liking. Now it is about actually reducing permanently, having more environmentally sustainable habits and the freedom of the desire for stuff. I am liberated.
Join me on my journey, you won’t be sorry you did.
Today’s Mini Mission
Now that I don’t work and rarely dress up I don’t see any point in keeping so many of the jewellery pieces I made myself. Perhaps you have jewellery that could be decluttered today or maybe some other fashion accessory that not longer suits you or your current lifestyle.
Today’s Declutter Item
Now I know you are probably all thinking ~ Hasn’t this women told us to declutter jewellery about a dozen times already and now she comes out with this stash. What the… I know, I know! But jewellery doesn’t take up much space and I had bigger fish to fry OK! 😉 😆 I have to admit this is only about 1/3 of my stash. I have long ago decluttered the precious jewellery pieces that I never wear and the box I kept it in but I was in no hurry with this lot. I am sure I will declutter more of it before I am done but all in good time. Just remember “one thing a day”.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
I had a lovely day at the thrift store today, see all my friends there that I haven’t seen for three weeks. I tagged and prices all that jewellery from photo above and several pieces had sold before the day was out. Ahh, the joy of letting go.
“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