Since learning that we are relocating, I have made a concerted attempt to declutter my wardrobe…no, scratch that, my entire existence! I always have a nice clean out once we shift, and I wish that was something I did more frequently.
Normally, when I get a clean out, I become very traditional, but this time I went on a progressive quest to get rid of our discarded junk – bagging it up for charity, trading it, or just ditching it and binning it. When getting a clean out, there is still the nostalgic tug of the heartstrings over the lack of memories, but this time I was ruthless – something I hadn’t worn in over a year was being culled.
Doing a major life and fashion edit has helped me feel a lot happier in a lot of areas. I’m certainly embracing a minimalistic style of living in the new home, which I think would be fantastic for my health and wellness. By minimising the stuff that we don’t need in our lives, I can focus on the items that really matter, and I’ve already seen some incredible benefits:
The house seems to be larger.
Getting rid of all the unnecessary items in our cupboards has helped our little cottage appear far larger. They’re no longer overflowing at the seams, because it’s a lot simpler to put stuff away without needing to struggle with them or rush to close the door until anything comes out. I do wish I’d done such a thorough clean-up before we agreed to relocate.
The mind is clearer.
I’m not sure what it is with getting a big closet and life edit that makes my head feel so much more clear. As though I’d gone to a counselling session and unloaded all that was weighing me down.
More liberated and content
Being rid of everything brought me an immediate feeling of relief and freedom. Surprisingly, I still feel refocused since the unimportant stuff that didn’t seem to exist throughout my life has been eliminated, allowing me to reflect about what matters. Since I have less to worry about, I feel more efficient, creative, and like I’m getting the most out of my time, which makes me really happy!
A Relaxed Atmosphere
Trying to keep track of too much stuff will lead to confusion, and searching for it all and containing it can be very stressful. I’m such a clean freak, so having things orderly is a must for me, but with so many discarded belongings (and infant toys all over the place! ), it was becoming increasingly challenging.
Things are getting a bit less messy now that there is more room in the cupboards, and it has added a feeling of calm to my life because I don’t have to clean up too frequently because there is less to think about.
I’m back in command
Being a clean freak, it goes without saying that I enjoy being well-organized. I feel less stressed and more in control now that I have less possessions. It’s good to know where something is right away rather than trying to rummage around cupboards looking for it – it’s helped me feel more in charge, which I love!
For me, getting rid of the extras and leading a minimalist lifestyle is the way to go. I feel less weighed down and exhausted by all of our belongings, and although the purge isn’t yet over, I’m looking forward to a more decluttered lifestyle in our new house, which includes my closet and makeup routine.
I’ve put my eBay profits back into buying things with more discretion in order to put together a basic wardrobe that I’ll be sharing on the blog shortly, with a focus on how to do it on a budget. Less certainly sounds like more, and I’ve been feeling great since we downsized our belongings!
How much do you declutter your home? Do you have a habit of hoarding things that you don’t require?
How do you feel now that you’ve let go of the unnecessary baggage in your life?