Clearing the Clutter In Real Life: Yes, I Graduated from Kindergarten!
Now, I can throw away this ancient diploma & the one from 8th grade.
Recently I talked about simplifying your time online, and how I wanted to clear some clutter from my life online (speaking of which, I still have tons of food/recipe posts to upload from the old blog. I must get this done.).
Now I'm getting rid of the clutter in real life.
As a romantic, I find sentimental value in a lot of things. Than there's just other stuff that I hold on to, for worry that I might need it some time in the future (i.e., receipts, product manuals/boxes, shoes/clothes/accessories that I once wore to special events. Diplomas too for some reason, although, NO ONE has EVER asked to see any of them. I'm only slightly irritated/disappointed by this).
This all makes it incredibly hard to throw things away.
How do you detach?
I was recently reading about this guy who lives a minimalist lifestyle. Everything he owns can be put in a single bag, so that no tangible object could hold him to one place.
This sounded so admirable to me. How freeing must it feel? To not be tied down by...things.
On the other hand, it is kinda extreme to be able to fit your entire life into one bag. Isn't it?
I just want to breathe better in my own space.
Old, unused things that I haven't touched or even looked at in years...it all HAS to go!
Only this is how "decluttering" typically goes for me:
I pull out bags & boxes & bins, look through stuff, then come up with reasons why certain things must never see the garbage can; and instead of throwing them away, they go into the neat pile of "keepers". The keepers get stored away again, usually in some place where they'll never be seen until the next "decluttering"....right.
J.Crew catalogs. The rest was tossed.
The diplomas & awards from my "academic heydays", photographed, then also put in the garbage.
I finally took my wedding photos out of the boxes they came in, and threw them in the trash. The boxes, not the photos. I put the photos in the album that we bought specifically for our wedding pictures years ago.
Husband even cleared out his vault of video games, and traded most of them in at Best Buy! He got over 100 bucks in Best Buy gift cards. (If your hubby/significant other is interested in this, he can check the value of his games online.)
Inhaling is starting to feel better!
Next to go are big items.
Our couch, TV stand, and (fingers crossed) kitchen table. Well...one of our kitchen tables. We have 2. The larger one that we bought to host Thanksgiving one year is hopefully going. Husband wants to keep it & repurpose it for work desks:(
With these things gone, it will open up a lot of space, and I'm excited about designing it.
I finally found some nice fabric, to cover my couch pillows, only now I'm thinking to toss the pillows with the couch, and use the material to reupholster the love seat.
How are you decluttering in real life?
What items are you having a hard time throwing away?
November is looking to be a super busy month for me, so updates might be slower.