This girl is on a decluttering mission.
I’m surrounded by stuff! Too much of it is stuff I really don’t need.
I started a decluttering mission, getting rid of everything, at first… I did a small section of my bathroom and I’m telling ya, I feel like I was a hoarder! Why I had 7 used tubes of mascara is beyond me. But I know when I stopped using one, it went into the Junk Drawer ‘just in case’. In case of what? That I may have an old, dried-up tube of mascara emergency?
It is a mindset.
The ‘hoarding’ mindset of ‘just in case’ is paralyzing to us! It sets us up in victim mode and subconsciously tells us we have no control!
When the tiny little section was done in my bathroom, I felt like a champ! I DID it! And it’s addictive! Now I want to throw everything out! So, we have to be careful.
Here is an infographic I follow on Pinterest that is the most realistic vision of the importance of decluttering:
Here’s what I know, now:
- You don’t have to throw everything out!
- Some of the items that are no longer used may be useful to others! Yah, the mascara should go, but what about unopened gifted bottles of lotion? And that once- loved picture of the cat hanging from a tree? In one word, Donate.
- If you’re ‘iffy’ about its necessity, stash a box in an unused corner and label it with the date and ‘Necessary???’
- When you’re not sure if you need it or not, simply place it in the box. Check the box in 3 months. Whatever is still there either gets tossed or donated.
- It’s also a good idea to get buy-in from family members.
Sometimes, just starting is enough! Getting rid of something non-essential to you frees you from victim mode!
Let me know where you are in the declutter revolution! I’d love to hear from you!