I’ve always dreamed of having a home that is clutter free – a place for everything and everything in its place. Wouldn’t that be lovely??
We’re far from that dream. But, goodness gracious I’m working hard to get there.
No one told me that every room of our house would look like this on the way to my dream of being “clutter free”.
You think I’m joking?? Nope.
Every. Single. Stinkin’. Room.
For years I’ve been an expert at packing, cramming, hoarding and shoving our stuff into closets, drawers, and spaces. I’ve packed every square inch of this house for 10+ years. I’ve packed REALLY REALLY WELL.
If anyone visits in the next few days I’m tempted to say we’re packing up to move. That wouldn’t be a lie – I plan to move sometime in the next several years, right???
For the first time in the history of our family, our cabinets are empty. Our shelves are empty. Our closets have been emptied. Our garage is getting emptied. All at one time.
I must be crazy.
Oh, side note – it’s VBS week at our church – and Kylie and Brock are taking swimming lessons every day. Yep, I’m crazy.
No one tells you how decluttering becomes a domino effect. Once you start sorting one item, you’ll end up needing to move another item or clean out an entire closet to finish what you started. And then something else has to be moved. It doesn’t end. We have 15 sorting projects happening at this very moment. If I dwell too long on the monstrosity of this project, I get a bit worried that I’ve gotten myself into a big mess.
No one tells you that you might go into panic hoarder overload on the way to being clutter free.
No one tells you what it will look like when you actually gather EVERY SINGLE BOOK that you own and put them in one spot.
Oh, dear heavens.
Confession: we might have a slight book problem. And to think I stopped in a store and looked at books today, then I laughed and said NOOOO!!!!!! Moving on, Starr. Moving on.
No one tells you that decluttering could be one of the biggest challenges of your life – especially if you hold onto things like me.
Letting go is so hard. That is an understatement.
No one tells you the truth about how your stuff is “robbing you of your life.”
“Most of us own too much stuff. We feel the burden of our clutter. We tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. The toy room is messy, drawers won’t close, closets are overfilled, and we can’t fit our cars in the garage. Evidence of clutter is all around us.
Even worse, this constant accumulation of stuff slowly begins robbing us of life. It redirects our greatest passions. It steals our greatest potential. It consumes our limited resources. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.”
Joshua Becker, The More of Less – Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
I’ve decided it’s time. It’s time to start living the life I wish I were living.
It might take a while to get there, but I’m determined to let this be the turning point for our future. Join me?
2017 can be your year. Start small. Start now. Start with one item. Collect everything you own of that item and put it in one place. Take an inventory. Figure out what you don’t need. Empty your cabinets and your closets and your drawers of all the stuff robbing you of the life you wish you were living. I’m right there with you on this adventure! We can do this!
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