Today represents the half way mark of The 33 Days Declutter Project–Round 2. I have really been enjoying reading about your experiences on this challenge as well as reading the three items or more that you have been decluttering each day. I am also pleased that I haven’t given up myself, and that I have stayed consistent with finding three items each day while posting about them on the Minimalist Beauty Facebook Page and Twitter. If this is the first time you are reading about this challenge, then definitely check out this article on it.
My Experience Decluttering Again
Because I have been paring down my possessions for so long I am no longer decluttering clutter. Instead I am looking through all of my personal possessions with an extremely critical eye, and deciding what I truly love or contributes something of value to my current life. My personal style has changed a lot over the years since I began creating capsule wardrobes each season. My wardrobe is also no longer an area of clutter or frustration because of it. Also a lot has changed this year in my life, so it is important for me to have my surroundings reflect that.
The best part about releasing the old, worn out, and unloved is that energetically it feels like spring again.
I desire to live a life that is surrounded by beauty and the best, so I don’t want to keep mix matched dishes unless intentionally a set, worn out clothing that I’d be embarrassed to be seen in, or see a stack/bag of paperwork that I keep putting off to shred, organize, and file. Everyday feels better when I only have is what I actually use and love. It also feels amazing when I’m not putting off important tasks that need attention.
Decluttering Expensive & Sentimental Items
A reader asked me the other day how to declutter items that were expensive or bring up emotional sentiment. My answer was to put those things aside and focus on decluttering other areas in your home instead. When you are first tackling the items you own with the mindset of paring down, this experience is very new to you and can feel uncomfortable.
The more that you actually declutter, something shifts inside of you. You begin to view your possessions with a different perspective, and the definition of what really means a lot to you begins to change. Then when you go back to some of those items which had so much value previously, you may notice that you feel differently about them. If not keep them and continue to declutter something else. If the item itself hold financial value, yet it no longer serves you anymore, sell it.
I have been keeping a journal since the 5th grade. A few years ago I decided to shred my journals which I wrote about here. Before shredding my journals I randomly read pages here and there sometimes laughing to myself, and other times seeing how much sadness had been apart of my life from making bad decisions or feeling hurt by someone. It was actually very healing for me to release those journals and no longer have the past lingering over my life in physical writing. My mental memories and the photos that I keep of precious times are enough. I wish I could tell my younger self some of the things I know now, yet I’ve learned from many of my mistakes so it’s time to move on.
My journals represent material items that don’t really serve you in so many ways, yet take up space, positive energy in your home, and create clutter. For you it may not be journals, but I’m sure something may come to mind that relates to your life. All in all The 33 Days Declutter Project–Round 2 has been good for me yet again. On Day 11 I completely had a moment of ranting on Facebook, yet I still continue to find three items every day.
When I asked you how The 33 Days Declutter Project has been going for you this is what you said…
There is too much stuff in my home. Things that belong to my grown kids, and my youngest who left for her first year of college with out finishing her room.
I know they want their belongings but have no where to keep them for now. So I guess I have emotional guilt which leaves me just shuffling things around.
Also, I have an excess of clothing due to fluctuating weight and no real storage space left for myself.”
(Image by Dawn Michelle)