lessons

It’s been almost a month since we began to let go.  What have I achieved?  What have I learned?

We have given away or sold more stuff than I even knew we owned.  Cupboards have been emptied, drawers dynamited and corners swept.  But it doesn’t feel enough.  There is so much more I want to go.

When you start to take out that which you don’t need or want you can see more clearly how much was there in the first place.

I have been doing Project333 for almost a fortnight and apart from a few tweaks I haven’t found it hard at all.

I have far too much in my wardrobe.  It is liberating to only have a handful of clothes.

I thought I would struggle to let go of things I had been keeping for sentimental reasons.  Books were a big issue.  But when I realised I was hording things that I would never use again but still had so much life in them and could be used and enjoyed by other people it was easy.

I had let my emotions create a massive millstone which I moved from house to house but never used.  It took up space and fed my feelings of guilt.

Decluttering doesn’t just affect your living space it changes you.  I am unfit, I need to lose weight and I ought to drink less wine.  I have known that for years.  Now I want to declutter me as well as where I live.

I only have one life I don’t want to fill it or me with rubbish.

23 thoughts on “lessons

  1. I love what you’re doing. I love decluttering it feels so good. Yet I too still have WAY too much stuff!!!! Time for more decluttering I think! Mx

  2. It does feel amazing after you’ve had a wardrobe clear out. I had one a few days ago, it looks so tidy now. I swear that I didn’t wear half of the clothes in there!

    • Books were hard for me. Don’t get me wrong I still have hundreds. But there were some I knew I would never read again. It seemed wrong to deprive somebody else of the chance to enjoy them.

  3. This is a marvelous idea. I know I should, but I don’t think I could. Well maybe a little… although I must admit I felt an actual twinge of pain when you talked about books. Although I did all that when I got divorced and have never felt lighter or happier about my lack of possessions.

    • It’s the fine distinction between clutter and essential that is so blurred. Most often we do the blurring in order to avoid a difficult decision.

  4. I love how decluttering is not just about the ‘stuff’ but about what we learn and how it changes us. Great work and keep it up.

  5. I have noticed that decluttering me has been a great side-effect of decluttering all of the stuff around me. I ‘accidentally’ lost 20kgs and am feeling great. I also feel I have found a fabulous new direction in life, which would not have been possible with my previous life.

    i can’t believe you have been only going for such a short time. But then again, I do remember our initial blitzes, so i guess it is not so unreasonable.

    Keep up the awesome work. I am enjoying reading about your journey.

      • Accidentally because I wasn’t focussing on my weight. I was focussed on enjoying good healthy meals, and enjoying life, which included lovely walks holding my fiancés hand. I think we can become too obsessive about the weight and regimes of exercise and diet.

  6. De-cluttering is an odd thing to me. On one hand it is liberating. On the other it saddens me. However after 17 years in one house and preparing to downsize it is a necessity either way….

    • Amongst other things I didn’t want to burden my children with the terrible task we will have when my parents finally leave the house they are in. To describe it as full of stuff is akin to describing Death Valley as a tad warm.

  7. “I only have one life I don’t want to fill it or me with rubbish.” – Thanks for that. It rings true in my heart and I needed it today.