Here are 10 lessons I learned after a year of de cluttering. Yes, it took us over a year to de clutter our home.
I had never heard the word de clutter until a few years ago. I must have been living under a rock! Today I am sharing 10 lessons I learned after a year of de cluttering.
Yes of course we cleaned out our stuff when we didn’t need it anymore, but I had never analyzed everything in my life before. I am planning to move soon, so it’s time to whittle down the stuff.
The clutter started to arrive after kids.
At the time I felt the more decorations I have, the nicer my home will look. Then, the next thing you know, I had alot of clutter.
I started to feel really over whelmed, but I couldn’t figure out why. As a stay at home mom, I felt large part of my day was picking up toys. Also, organizing toys because my new hobby. In 2016 I watched a you tube video talking about minimalism. This struck a chord with me and immediately I realized I had too much stuff.
After a yesr of decluttering I learned quite a few lessons.
Active de cluttering = time
I don’t care what anyone says, deep de cluttering takes a lot of time. When I first started de cluttering I got rid of obvious things. As time went on I realized I could get rid of more and more.
The only way you realize this is with time. I am in that financial category where I don’t want to have to replace things I realize I needed. As the de cluttering process went on I would be very aware of what I was using and what I wasn’t.
My process was to go room by room and closet by closet to figure out what I needed I din’t want to rip the whole house apart in one weekend, become over whelmed and quit. Slow was the way to go.
If you have alot to de clutter pick out one item to declutter every day. By the end of the year, you will have 365 items less then the year before.
By de cluttering we gained a lot of space. I had people walk into my house and say “wow” it looks alot bigger in here. It was true, there was more space to move around.
It can take a little while to adjust to having less. I was used to having a lot of furniture.
More furniture, allowed items to be put on that furniture. Once O started eliminating furniture we didn’t need, I was able to eliminate the decor that went on that furniture.
Less time cleaning.
When I first de cluttered I thought I would never have to clean again. Well, I was wrong. You still have to clean your home, but the cleaning process will go a lot faster.
I realize having less decor meant fewer items to dust around.
I still decorate because that makes me happy and makes our home cozy, but I don’t have a lot of decorations.
Less pick up.
The less we have the less I have to actively sort and pick up. This was especially true with toys. Toys can take over your home.
When we first started our decluttering journey we kept toys in our living room.
Looking at a wall full of toys made me feel like my house was a day care. No matter how I organized the toys would end up everywhere.
I would put them away in bins and nest thing you know they are dumped all over the living room. Once I started eliminating a lot of excess toys in my home started to look alot nicer.
I decided I was only going to keep the number of toys that would fir into my sons room. Anything that couldn’t fit would have to go.
Not buying more aka becoming a minimalist.
The more I de cluttered the less I brought into our home. I immediately made the connection between de cluttering and shopping.
The last thing I want to do after de cluttering is shop for a bunch of stuff that I am going to need to de clutter again.
I’ve become extremely aware of what enters our home, this includes clothing, toys, furniture, papers, and especially items that can’t be used all the time. Also known as seasonal decor.
De cluttering gave me time.
Once the majority of our de cluttering was finished I realized I had alot of time on my hands.
All the time I used to spend shopping and organizing left me with some extra time on my hands with this time, I decided to work more on my blog.
I also started to look at how I was spending my time.
I no longer live on autopilot. What I mean by this is I question why we do certain things or feel we have to do certain things for instance, I always felt every season I needed some new clothes.
Now instead of buying new clothes every season I actually look at what I have and see if I really do need anything. This last summer I realized I didn’t need any summer clothes because I had enough. Another example is birthday parties.
I used to put pressure on myself to throw a themed birthday party for my son every year. Now I remove the pressure and I only do a party if we are up for it.
By having less I can stay more organized. Its kinda obvious, but getting rid of the stuff you don’t use frees up space for the items you need. I have also assigned every item in my home, a place to live.
Before de cluttering there were always items that would float around our home, for instance, my boyfriends lunch box. He would come home and the lunch box would be shuffled around the kitchen.
I finally realized everything needs a spot. Even Items that come and go from our home.
Live in the now.
More than ever I am trying to live in the present moment. I think it is so easy to be caught up in a race towards something, having more or wanting more.
Yes, it’s great to have goals and things I want to achieve, but I have realized it is very important to enjoy the moments we are in right now. When I had my first child I was always looking for the next milestone. Through the de cluttering process, something clicked and I realized I needed to really enjoy every moment for what it is right now.
There is a saying “these are the good old days” This saying can’t be more true. It’s easy to look to the past and say it was so much better or think it will be better when I have…
Movements toward the future.
De cluttering led me to think about our future differently. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the thought of our future and where we will be in 5 – 10 years. I started making achievable goals for our future.
Again with the saying “a wall is made by laying one brick at a time” This saying stuck in my head.
It really worked for de cluttering, especially when I was over whelmed.
De cluttering one item, one room, or one closet at a time really helped. The same applies to how I think of our future now.
I try to only think about the current steps I need to take to head in the right direction towards my goal.
I have learned so much from de cluttering! My life looks completely different then it did two years ago when our journey began.