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You Don’t Need That!

The inspiration for this post comes from a video I saw this past week. I’ve pasted the link below, it’s about a man that lives in a very tiny apartment, and how he lives with less stuff. No clutter issues at his place! There was one quote that really stuck with me, maybe it will mean something to you too!

“At the end of the day, what do you even need for living? You need a nice comfortable mattress and nice clean sheets, running water, shower, and a stove to cook something. That’s actually what you need. You don’t need so much more stuff”

http://www.newslinq.com/258-square-foot-apartment/

We buy so much stuff we don’t need for all sorts of reasons. Although the initial rush of buying something new and taking it home may be nice at the time, chances are you’d be happier with less in the long run. There are so many temptations out there, and the sales! Oh the sales! But if you’re buying it just because it’s a good deal, you’re probably just buying clutter. Put it down…and walk away. You don’t need that!

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“…when you find out you can live without it and go along not thinkin’ about it, I’ll tell you something true… the bare necessities of life will come to you.”

– The Jungle Book

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Decluttering vs. Organizing

A common mistake people make when first tackling their clutter problem is that they go out and buy a bunch of storage containers to start organizing. Containers and boxes and baskets and organizing gizmos and so on. The problem with this is that it doesn’t solve your problem. You’re not getting rid of the clutter, you’re just organizing it, hiding it, and making it look slightly better than it did before. However! This is not permanent. If you get rid of something, it’s gone from your house for good. If you organize it, you’ve now just made the decision to add it to the list of something to maintain, because you KNOW it’s not going to stay in that spot.

Now, I’m not saying organizing is bad, it certainly isn’t! But decluttering before you organize is very important. If you do it the other way around, you don’t know how many or what kind of storage containers you’re going to need. Try to get rid of as much as you can before you organize what’s left.

Happy Decluttering!

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So Now What?

Over the past few months I’ve given a lot of thought to “what happens to my blog when the year is done?”. I’ve asked myself this a few times, and I’ve been asked this by other people a bit more than a few times. I didn’t want to let the blog die and I wasn’t sure where to take it from here. So, with the help of a suggestion from my brother, I’ve decided to keep it going by still sharing what I get rid of every week (whatever amount it may be), and writing an article of sorts pertaining to decluttering.

So I’m going to start where I started. Why declutter?

I started decluttering because I find that when there’s too much stuff around I get overwhelmed, and it stresses me out. More clutter means more to clean, more to tidy, more to buy, more to find space for, and overall wastes your time.

We really don’t need a lot of stuff. Really, you don’t! Just like it’s better to have a few good friends than many acquaintances, it’s better to have a few things you love than a bunch of…. well, crap. They say you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. Which is so true! So what’s with the other 80% just taking up space? Make room for what you love so you can really enjoy what you have, and if you can donate it, even better! Let other people enjoy all that stuff you don’t love.

Here are some things I got rid of this week: A pack of socks, a bowl, a glass, a shotglass, 2 dusters, 3 bottles of febreeze, a bottle of bleach (all roughly 10 years old… or expired 10 years ago), another bottle of (very old) cleaner, cutlery, cutlery holder things, a sheet set including 2 pillow cases and 2 flat sheets, a mattress cover (that’s old, stained, ripped), a dress, about 5 shirts and a couple of sweaters. I’d say that is a success! Since I decluttered so much out of my laundry room (with the cleaning supplies), I was able to fit more things into that cupboard leaving my laundry room much less cluttered. Awesome!

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Reflection on the Year

Now that the year is done and I’ve taken a few well deserved days off, I figure I should probably reflect on the year.

It was easy at first, but I won’t lie, at the end of January (yes the FIRST month) I was thinking, oh my goodness, what have I gotten myself into? I was really stuck but after a ton of support and encouragement (all year long) from Evan, and a lot of pushing myself, I got it done! The state of the house how it is now is about what I was expecting, and I’m pretty happy with it, although I am NOT done decluttering. I thought it would take me a while to start again this year but found I’m already decluttering more stuff already!

The reason I started decluttering is because I feel that the more stuff that is around the more unorganized and cluttered my brain feels (and I think a lot of people are like this). I’m much happier with the way our home is now. Also, it has made me a lot more critical of things coming into the house. I buy less, I accept less “does anyone want this?” offers.

I went around and took pictures of our newly decluttered home (yay!). All rooms are here except for the man cave, as we just got a new entertainment centre and it’s not quite finished and that room is a disaster! Hopefully it will be ready soon and I’ll add those pics 🙂

Oh, and to answer a question I’ve had before, “is there anything you regret getting rid of?” No. Nothing at all. Sometimes it took me a couple of months to realize I could let go of something, but there’s nothing that has left that I wish I hadn’t let go. Much happier with the extra space :).

If you want to declutter but don’t know where to start, contact me! I love to hear from fellow declutter…ers.

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