I donated my wedding dress today. I piled it in with a half a van full of other items that I wanted out of the house. I expected to feel remorse or a twinge of regret…instead, I felt lighter.
I’ve decluttered in the past sporadically. This year my goal is to consistently purge items from the household that are no longer used or loved. As a family we lead a fairly simple and frugal lifestyle. I am not a shopaholic or hoarder. Nor am I a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). I am a wife and mother of sons with a part time job who has let clutter creep in. The generosity of family members passing down clothing and toys for my youngest son, school papers and projects, magazines and books left unedited have resulted in the slow accumulation of “things.”
Clutter = Delayed Decisions
I have read several times that “clutter is a sign of delayed decisions” or something to that effect. That statement rings so true to me. How many times have I passed piles of items in a corner that I placed there momentarily, only to become blind to them in a matter of days? I do not want to delay decisions any longer.
Seeking Other Beginners
I have been inspired the past few months with other blogs and podcasts on minimalism and simplicity. As I’ve combed through the minimalist and simplifying blogs, I’ve had the desire to see the process worked out. I wanted to see the before and after photos of these seekers of simplicity. Many are writing after the process, or years later as they continue their journey. They are now at a stage of helping others on the journey. I’m grateful for their encouragement but also wish there were others at my stage of the journey.
The Plan and The Invitation
I plan to blog at least once a week with photos of the current areas of my home that I’m working on. It won’t be pretty or Pinterest worthy because this journey is a work in progress. If you too would find encouragement in a partner to be more intentional about clearing clutter, please join me. Together we can take the baby steps necessary to first clear our homes and open ourselves up for the “more” that we desire.