One of our long time regular readers Doodle has kindly agreed to help out here at 365 by writing a blog post for me every other Wednesday. Today is her first regular post although not the first she has contributed. She has become quite the expert on the subject of decluttering over the years and I am sure you will all be able to learn a lot from her. Welcome Doodle and thank you for your contributions, past, present and future.
Owning your life skill
The biggest reason I owned too much stuff, was I just never realised I didnâ€™t have to. It was as simple as that: getting rid of stuff as a regular proactive life choice had just never occurred to me.
The realisation I could be happier with much less came gradually. Now, the more I get rid of, the more I look to pare back even further and it brings a deep satisfaction that this is the way Iâ€™m meant to live. (Fortunately Iâ€™m no minimalist longing for bare white walls: my husband is a bit of a hoarder so I am always going to have walls filled with his books.)
Knowing you donâ€™t have to keep everything youâ€™ve ever owned is a life skill in my opinion. Some of us learn this sooner and some of us later and like all life skills, the fact it is ok to let go of stuff can be taught and learned.
We donâ€™t have to be trapped for ever in being overwhelmed by excessive belongs…how good is that!
So those of you who have been de-cluttering for a while now, do you realise you are honing an excellent life skill that you are not only benefitting from yourself, but can pass on to others?
After all I have learned about de-cluttering in the last 3 years I found myself naturally helping a few family and friends whoâ€™d got a bit overwhelmed.
It became apparent that I have a knack of helping in just the right way and they all encouraged me to do it professionally. So now I do. I love it so much.
If someone came to you for help, what 3 top tips would you give them to get them started and how would you sell the knock on benefits of a de-cluttered life to others in less than three sentences?
Today’s Mini Mission
Â Declutter something hanging on your wall.
Eco Tip for the Day
Take the stairs instead of the lift. The exercise is good for you and you save electricity. I have to remember this myself instead of walking past the stairs, that are right outside my apartment door all the way across the building to the life. I may actually hardly be using any extra energy by taking the stairs. Silly me.
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