I grew up with “clutter” being the norm. I didn’t know how to clean or organize, and “streamlining, donating, and simplifying” weren’t even part of my vocabulary.
In 2001, Eric and I took our baby daughter on a trip to visit his side of the family, and while I was there, I picked up a book of my mother-in-law’s called It’s Here…Somewhere. It talked all about simplifying and decluttering–room by room–and I was in AWE as I read.
Here are a couple of photos from that era so you can see how young we once were. 🙂
As soon as I got home, I put the book to the test and decluttered every cupboard, drawer, closet, room, and storage area of our little apartment. I was amazed by the results, and I kept walking around and around–basking in that feeling of empty space.
That book/experience was the start of my passion for helping people to get out of the overwhelm, and today, as I was preparing for our ARISE focus on decluttering, I thought, “What was it about that book that got me so excited to clean?”
I decided to open the book, read the first few pages, and record the primary insights that had made such a lasting impression on me. I’ll list them below–or you can listen to the podcast (press “play” up above) and get more of the details.
I hope these are helpful for you!
Decluttering isn’t getting rid of my treasures. It’s clarifying what my treasures are.
It’s possible to go through my entire home and create clear, beautiful, calm space–totally getting rid of the overload.
Not everything deserves to share my living space.
Clear space feels scary at first, but it opens my brain, eases overwhelm, and puts me into creation mode instead of reactive mode.
I don’t have a moral obligation to keep anything I don’t like, use, need, want, or have room for. I get to curate my space…every part of it. That is a beautiful gift.
Possessing things does not make us successful or happy or important. A lot of media/messages out there try to convince us otherwise (mainly because they are trying to sell us something), but it all requires mental or physical space in order to accommodate it, and most of us collect more than we have the space to truly use/enjoy/appreciate all that we have.
Simplifying and being really clear about what you need and what you don’t need is a skill, but once you practice and really learn how to keep the BEST items, you’ll feel like your whole life has opened up.
I don’t have to “keep organizing” my house over and over and over and over again. As I learn to simplify, it’s amazing to watch what happens. There are no longer homeless items–or things like junk drawers or clothes piles or boxes for things like “papers.” The storage can be tailored to what I actually keep, and that enables everything to have a home, so I don’t pile things up anymore.
If you are currently living in clutter–or if you simply want to do a quick tidy of your living space, perhaps these insights–or some unique ideas that came to you as you were reading/listening–will give you a lift.
Sending lots of love!!
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