I received the following comment from KimberleyÂ to one ofÂ last week’s posts ~ Who Are You Now.
Kinberley wrote: “Your post should be titled, â€œIsnâ€™t this how clutter begins?â€Â
We move from one phase of our life to another. We donâ€™t or wonâ€™t let go of what used to serve us while at the same time adding things that now do. Itâ€™s as simple as doing the math.”
This is so true. The reason much of our clutter builds up is because life moves on for us. The problem with thatÂ is that life moves on but we don’t move on the resulting items that become clutter. We understandably hold on to things for a while just in case we revert to our previous life and then after a while we neglect to let go. Sometimes we pass through several stages of life not cleaning up after the last, and in the end we have a house full of unused stuff.
The key to avoiding this is maintenance decluttering. That is, letting go of our stuff from past lives within a reasonable time frame from when we stopped needing the items. I make that sound easy because physically it is. All it takes is identifying this stuff and using whatever means necessary andÂ appropriate for us to pass it on.
The problem for manyÂ these days is that, in this fast paced world, we don’t have or don’t take the time to look back and clean up after ourselves. In essence, we complicate our lives so much trying to keep pace with a world gone mad, with earning, consuming, temptation and keeping up with ridiculous ideals, that something has to give. That something is often our time, our families, our friends and of course the state of our homes.
And yet we always seem to find the time to go out and acquire the new potential clutter. So why is it that we can find that time, which, due to comparison shopping, generally takes more time yet we can’t find the time toÂ move the old stuff on. I would like to give you some sort of easy fix solution to this issue but, as you can probably guess, there isn’t one. The reality is that if you can find the time to shop for stuff but don’t find the time to declutter stuff then you are going to end up with a cluttered home. Once you come to terms with this and begin to practice maintenance decluttering then your problem of clutter build up will be gone.
The tips I can give to manage this are…
- …to stay informed about methods of disposal ~ Thrift shops, Sharing sites like Freecycle etc, other charity donation opportunities, garage sales, auction/selling sites like ebay, recycling collection days… ~ and take advantage of them when necessary.
- …sell donate of giveaway your children’s items as they grow out of them.
- …pay attention of your stuff and notice when items are no longer being used. These are the items you shuffle to the back of cupboards, garages, attics and basements.
- …when you find yourself out shopping for something new ask yourself, what is it replacing and let the other similar item go.
Personally I prefer to only replace things when they wear out not just because IÂ feel like something new. This tip will not only helps avoid clutter but also help accumulate savings. And financial security gives as much piece of mind as un uncluttered home.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter any toiletry products you arenâ€™t likely to use because you tried them but didnâ€™t like them. Shampoos, conditioners, bady wash, moisturisers etc. Perhaps donate them to a womenâ€™s or menâ€™s shelter.
Don’t waste that lovely picking liquid thatÂ comes in jars of peppers etc. Use it to add a little extra zing to your next DIY salad dressing.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow