Though I haven’t gotten rid of nearly the amount of stuff I can, I’m starting to feel like I’ve made quite a bit of progress with decluttering my home of unneeded, unloved items. I’ve been working hard to change my mindset and to think twice before buying something that isn’t 100% a NEEDED item. I do still buy some wants occasionally, but I’ve really cut back to only buying what I truly want in my life.
Now, that I’ve started to be able to look around and see my decluttering progress, I find myself saying things like, “I’ve made so much progress, I can just skip getting rid of something today”. This is not a good habit to get into! I know that overtime I will still generate clutter because no one is incapable of not bringing any clutter into their homes what-so-ever, plus over time interests and tastes change, which can also create clutter.
Finding decluttering inspiration isn’t hard for me though. Over the long 4th of July weekend, my dad helped me with a couple of projects at my house, so I returned the favor by helping him and my mom with some things at their house too.
Every time I go over to their house I’m reminded exactly why I want to declutter my house and my life. My mom is a terrible housekeeper (sad, but true).
They have greenery on top of the kitchen cabinets that hasn’t been cleaned more than once in the 8+ years they’ve lived in their house. Their carpets are only about 8 years old (the house was brand new when they moved in) and yet they haven’t been taken care of, thus they really need replaced already. There are piles of books, papers and magazines several feet high that haven’t been touched in years. You have to walk around piles to get where you are going. You can’t take a direct route anywhere because you have to avoid stepping on stuff. The toilets are always moldy. There are countless other examples, but you get the idea.
I truly believe that if they got rid of the
crap stuff they don’t even use and haven’t touched in years, the house could maybe, actually be cleaned. As it is now, there’s no point in trying to clean because there’s so much stuff hindering your efforts, you have to dust and clean around things.
I don’t say this to rag on my parents, but to prove a point to myself and you, it is important to get rid of things as they become clutter. There’s so much less to maintain and you can focus your energy else where if you don’t have so much stuff.
What serves as your decluttering inspiration?