Learning to Live a Life of Less

Friday, 5 October 2018

Reducing My Clutter

The Year of Less isn't just about consuming less.  It's also about reducing the amount of clutter in my life.

I look around my home, and all I see is stuff.  There are a few items that I truly treasure and that make me feel so happy when I look at them, but I would say the majority of it was a novelty to buy at the time, yet holds little to no value to me now.

This is where my impulse purchases have clearly become an issue for me over the years.  Mix an emotional spender with a person who is drawn to pretty, shiny, new things and this equals a very cluttered home...

It's become apparent to me over recent months - partly through my own reflections, and partly from Spencer pointing it out to me - that the amount of clutter in my home is having an affect on my mental health.  I've noticed this past year when I'm in a particularly bad head space, that all I want to do is declutter and clean.

I suppose it's true when they say "tidy house, tidy mind".

Much like my urge to spend grows when I home in on something, so does my urge to clean.  Now, I'm no domestic Goddess, so for me to get to the point where I feel like I can't possibly carry on with life until I've decluttered a room is a pretty strong indication that I'm not doing too good mentally.

I'm not the nicest person to be around when I get like this.  I want to be left alone to completely gut out the room and get rid of all of the rubbish that's sat in their forgotten about.

I'd like to make these days few and far between, and I think the only way I'm going to be able to do this is by spending the next year slowly reducing my clutter.  By taking on one room at a time, I want to bring order and organisation in to my immediate surroundings.

I've spent the past five years almost avoiding being in my house as much as possible, because being outside and away from the house means I don't have to deal with the chaos going on inside.

It's time for me to stop running away from it, and start dealing with it.

Inspired by "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo (I read this last year), I'm going to go through every item in my possession one by one, and consider how much value (Or in Marie's word's, 'joy') each item brings to my life.  If I feel an item brings me little to no value, it will be added to one of three piles.  "To Sell", "To Donate" or "To Bin".

All of this will be minus talking to my possessions though, no matter how much Marie Kondo encourages you to.  I don't think my socks really care how much I appreciate them keeping my feet warm...

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