How are things with you? Are you finding your world returning to something like it used to be? In Michigan, more businesses are opening up, including salons, which I’m certainly not alone in being thrilled about. (Darren cut my hair twice during the Stay In Place and for a rookie, he rocked it.) We’re still waiting on movie theaters, gyms, and libraries, but we are getting there.
I’ve been noodling on this question lately – “Why do I declutter?” Perhaps you’ve asked the same thing. Or maybe you’ve asked something like, “Why would I even want to declutter?” That’s for real, too.
How about a few other questions while you’re at it. These are in no particular order, and they may help you to narrow in on the answer to why declutter. You may find some of them easy to answer, while others may make you squirm a bit. Hopefully something will spark a conversation with yourself (don’t worry, I talk to myself all the time) about maybe making a change.
- Why is this space cluttered?
- What is the purpose of this space?
- Why am I hanging onto this stuff?
- What has happened in my life that has brought me to this point, that encourages acquiring and keeping stuff?
- What is keeping me from having control of my things and space?
- What will I do once my space is decluttered?
- Do I place my personal value on the amount of things I own?
- Am I trying to keep up with someone else?
- Am I trying to appease something in myself with the things I purchase?
- Do these things serve a purpose?
- Do I love these things?
- Is owning this stuff keeping me from something more important?
When I have given myself the opportunity to really dig into what may be going on underneath the clutter, it’s been enlightening. Not always pretty, but definitely helpful. What might you discover?
There are so many good reasons to unload possessions, and only you can figure out what’s in it for you. But let me tell you the number one benefit that I’ve seen people many gain from taking this journey.
Seriously. Freedom from –
- Pressure – the need to stay in the race to accumulate or keep up with others will back off and may even disappear.
- Upkeep – there is no cleaning, fixing, moving, maintaining, or storing things you don’t have.
- Worry – obviously not all your worries will disappear, but you will see there is less to worry about when you own less stuff.
- Unrealistic expectations – there are lots of promises from advertisers that your life will be wonderful with their products. Most of the time, that is just not true. With a clearer vision of what you want, your life will be more in your control.
- Busyness – you will have time for more important things. It’s true!
- Burdens – you will feel lighter with less stuff.
- Roadblocks – stuff may be keeping you from reaching your potential. Some use the state of their homes as an excuse for all kinds of things – a better job, new relationships, striving for a dream.
Can you see the value in taking time to wander down this road? There is power in catching even a glimpse of the freedom that is available to you as you declutter. It’s amazing what possibilities can open up to you as you take control of your possessions.
Each of us will have our own adventure and what freedom looks like in our lives. You can totally decide to make this experience terrific, with a lot less stuff holding you back.
Are you ready to ask yourself why declutter?