I’m glad I’m finally done with the large task of decluttering my house and mini barn!! It took a couple weeks to finish it since I worked on it my spare time and not everyday since it can be overwhelming.
We filled the cab of extended cab pick up (not the driver seat of course) and some of the bed. I think back and I don’t know I got to accumulate all this stuff! Though I did receive a lot from my dad and his wife since they are in the process of retiring to a smaller house but I’ve sorted though that as I got it. Also over the years people give you stuff, you buy stuff that maybe you really did need but it was on clearance (totally guilty of that) or at a garage sales, etc.
I admit I do have a hard time throwing stuff away because I might need it but I stuck to rules this time. My house was as much as dirty but as full of “stuff”. When you accumulate so much stuff you forget you have it and in order to live a more simple life I had to get the de cluttering done. Everything I kept had a purpose or reason for it. Ok, I did keep some decorative things but I did scale down on that too as I really define what I want my house to look like. When getting rid of items I asked myself the following:
When and why am I going to use this item?
Will I use it frequently?
Have I used it in the past year?
Or sometimes, Why did I buy this again?
Do I really need this item or is there something else I have that can be used instead of this item?
I now have both the spare bedrooms back and now one a devoted craft room and the other one is now a true office for now. After we cleared out all the stuff and vacuumed and walked back in the house I thought “wow maybe my house isn’t so small after all”.
Now when buying anything whether new or not, I ask myself the following:
What am I going to use this for?
Is there something I can modify at home instead of purchasing it?
Depending on what the item is- Is this a good price? Can I wait for it to go on sale?
Will I use this item on regular basis or everyone once a while?
Sometimes if I’m not sure I walk about with it and really contemplate it. It works. By really thinking about it and walking around with it I have left many things at the store.
I recently went to garage sales and only came home with 3 cookbooks, a table runner and one Americana decorative item. And I went to lots of garage sales too.
Since I’ve decluttered it I’m really staying on top of cleaning everyday too. I also have to admit that I fell like a new woman since and a more organized person too since it’s been done too. I can now focus on other tasks such as learning to quilt, sew, knit, make soap and the list goes on.
Have you decluttered recently?