If you have started your decluttering journey, you have probably read this William Morris quote.
It is a good quote.
It is hard to implement.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we really could get our home clutter free in 31 days or 5 steps? I’m always so hopeful at the beginning of one of those challenges. The truth is though, to maintain a clutter free home, it takes developing the habit and intention of dealing with our “stuff” regularly.
The process of decluttering is hard work. It is not easy. It takes commitment, time, and mental energy. Oftentimes it is one step forward, two steps back.
We know the questions to ask ourselves as we consider the different piles of Donate, Trash/Recycle, Keep, and Hold (for 6 months):
- Have we used it in the last 6 months?
- Do we need it?
- Do we love it?
- Is it beautiful? Is it meaningful?
- Does it spark joy?
What I have found on my own decluttering journey is that it is not necessarily a straightforward process of holding an object, going through the questions, and making a decisive decision. There are often thoughts going through our heads as we hold the objects – rationalizations for why we should keep the object.
If we take the time to listen to the rationalizations and perhaps write them down, they will reveal bigger overarching reasons for why we want to hold onto things. I call them realizations.
With these thoughts in mind, please click below for “The Atypical Decluttering Guide” which I hope will be a useful guide for you.
What are you finding challenging or helpful to you as you minimize your belongings? I’d love to hear from you.
Angela of Setting My Intention
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