by Susan McCarthy
Everyday practice: Question whether your goal is really a habit. You'll save frustrating yourself when you discover that there's no finish line to cross.
Decluttering isn’t about your stuff. If decluttering was just about the objects in your home, you’d probably have no trouble making decisions about what to keep and what to release. But, as you’ve probably noticed, it’s not that simple.
Our stuff is connected to our thoughts and feelings. Should you keep this? What if you get rid of it and you need it again? What if you hurt the feelings of the gift giver? You feel ridiculous for spending money on something you never used. You feel ashamed that you hold onto things that you know aren’t important but that you can’t get rid of. You feel overwhelmed by all your stuff and the decisions you know you need to make about each item in your home.
I’ve selected the following quotes to be a sort of tale of decluttering. First, you start to realize that you have more stuff than you need, and you begin to wonder if you can change this situation that you’ve been living with for years. You consider why you want to declutter – why is now the right time?
You realize that before you can declutter, you need to look within for your motivation and goals so when you start feeling overwhelmed, you’ll know why you are clearing these things from your life. With a vision for the life you want firmly set in your mind, you make decision after decision, questioning how each possession will help you reach your goals.
Sometimes, you wonder if you should hold onto things ‘just in case;’ however, you realize that knowing what you want to do in your life, means that you know what you need. Each decision you make to declutter what you don't need changes you into a person working toward your goals.
You can read through each quote (or watch the slideshow) and then return to the beginning and allow yourself to reread each quote, this time closing your eyes after each one and considering how it applies to your life.
I believe that clearing clutter brings clarity to our goals; but also, we want to begin the decluttering process knowing why this task is important to us. What is your vision for your life and your home? What goals would you pursue if your clutter wasn’t blocking your way?
If you think your goal is to declutter your home, I want you to imagine what your life would be like when your home is organized. That's where you should focus. That's your motivation.
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Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.