Stuff. Stuff. Stuff.
We all know that too much stuff = silent stress.
Minimalism is becoming the new hot thing… but how do we get there?
We’re busy and it’s hard to find the motivation or energy to deal with it. It’s overwhelming, especially because there is no plan or system. So, the stuff just stays where it’s at and slowly accumulates more stuff.
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3 months ago, we sold our house and decided that before we bought another house we wanted to try living and traveling in an RV for a few months. The adventure ahead was exciting but the amount of stuff that stood in the way was overwhelming. (You can only fit so much in an RV and we didn’t want to pay for a huge storage just to hold stuff we were too lazy to sort through.)
So, we started sorting through our house room by room, box by box, pile by pile… it was a lot of stuff.
So much in fact that my stomach starting hurting.
But our house was under contract so I was forced to keep going. Then, one day I saw the light at the end of the tunnel… I walked by my clothes and saw only what was left, a few manageable stacks, and I realized that I loved every. single. piece. of clothing in those stacks.
I couldn’t help but smiling. This is what I had been missing.
I’d never realized how many adorable things were in my closet until I cleared out all the so-so stuff.
I feel so free now. The only things surrounding me now are practical items and things that I absolutely love.
Through the journey, I’ve learned a few tips about de-cluttering and minimalism to make the process easier. My favorite 4-step trick is below…
4 Steps to Minimalism
First, take a deep breath. This system takes a little bit of work up front but saves you so much time and energy later.
- To begin, take everything (yes everything) out of your closet.
- Then pick out all your favorite items and return them to your closet.
- Next quickly grab all the items that you know for sure you’re ready to get rid of. Do this quickly, no need to spend a lot of time on this step. Trash/donate the items right away.
- Everything that is left, box up and date the box. This box is gonna hang out in the back of your closet for a few month (usually around 3-6 months). If there’s ever an item in the box you need or miss, grab it back out. Then at the end of 3-6 months, take a deep breath, and donate whatever’s left in the boxes without looking inside.
Once it’s gone you’re gonna feel dead weight lifted off your shoulder. It’s worth not peeking inside to “make sure” there isn’t something important in there. If you peek, chances are good that you will end up sorting the entire box and use up unneeded energy and likely never finish the project.
Let’s be real here for a second, chances are good there will probably be an item or two that you’ll miss down the road if this happens just buy it again. It’s worth spending a little extra to buy something again, rather than keep everything “just in case.” Remember, the amount of stress you’re dumping off, is worth it’s weight in gold.
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When you declutter your kitchen you’ll start with the countertops, then under countertops, then drawers, then refrigerator, then… you get the idea.
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After 7 days, you’ll be shocked at how refreshed you feel, your stress levels will be lower, your family will be happier and you’ll be kicking your feet up in peace.
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What This Isn’t
If you want a perfect house that is always squeaky clean, this isn’t the right course. Freed from Clutter is more about real moms, getting rid of that extra clutter, de-stressing their lives, but still letting their kids be creative. So even with less stuff, the house is gonna get a little messy but it’s gonna be manageable and soooo much easier to clean up!
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