I am amazed at my emotional journey of decluttering. You might have felt the same? Or if you haven’t started decluttering you might go through these stages.
At the start, there are a few things that are easy things to declutter. Clothes you have grown out of, books that will not be re-read, sheets with holes, kitchen utensils that never really worked. As you deal with these things, you feel slightly virtuous but doubtful that such decluttering such a small number of things will make a difference.
Then it becomes a little harder. What can go? Surely everything else has a use or fulfils a need in you? Now you have to question your emotional connection to things and the reasons for acquiring and holding onto things. You um and ah about a few items. Think you need to look in different areas to actually find anything that needs to go. Realise you invest more emotion into stuff than is warranted. Now is the time you can waver. It may be all too hard. You may feel that things cannot go. Or looking at yourself can cause great angst.
But then, while not quite on the road to Damascus, you have some clarity. You can look at your possessions in a clearer light. Returning to areas you thought you previously decluttered, you see other items that can go. The kitchen utensil used once or twice and hung onto because you might want to use it in the future, although it has not been used for years. The gift that you put on the top shelf where it languished, forgotten and allowed to remain because it doesn’t take up much room. The stuff to which you are blind as you don’t notice that which you look at everyday. These things are either covered by other things in a drawer or mixed up with items of daily use and seem to be in the right spot. The latter include glasses and plastic cups among the items in constant use. Everyone reaches for a favourite, leaving the unused to look new and pristine so why would they go?
I have also had bursts of energy, focusing on one areas and taking bag loads to the charity shop and putting some in the recycling or the bin. I can revisit areas already decluttered and see more clearly other items that can go.
This is where I am up to. I know that I am still too cluttered and have much to go. But I am feeling lighter.
I wonder what my next feelings will be in the next stage?
Now time for today’s log:
Yes. Love my neighbour!
Lit a candle, read a few chapters, daydreamed looking out at my trees, had a chat with my mother and my sister, had a nap under my heated throw.
Yes, gave one of the items below to a mother with a child with diabetes with a recipe for sugar free ice-blocks.
Today’s decluttered items = I have been on a roll in the kitchen, inspired by Colleen who left a comment here that here kitchen drawer is a delight to use as it is not cluttered. (Also my mission is to have everything in a cupboard or shelf and nothing on table or kitchen tops.)
Some of these things are just rubbish, some used once, some not at all. Any items that that make you go, “What on earth is that?” Ask away.