This is really about finding joy in your life. So, read on. Clutter and stuff and sorting and JOY does not go together. WELL. NOW it does for me. I had a large basement and I could just keep anything and everything and did. I never had the time, or took the time to sort and toss. Worse, I also never had time to LOVE what I did have. I led a busy life. I went to grad school and worked full time for years and did all the things that a woman does. When did I find JOY. Not often. My home was usually clean and orderly appearing to others, and I don't like clutter so I was not a hoarder. My worst problem was that I did not focus on the JOY of what I did have.
I read many books and articles on sorting and storing, but they did not work for me. I now am reading a book, The Life-Changing Magic of tidying, by Marie Kondo, and it has helped me immensely. She says to get rid of everything that you don't love. The important thing is that you should keep what you do love. Keep what brings you joy. You need to have more of what you love and it should not get lost in CLUTTER.
I was stymied by things that I may use in the future, etc, etc, etc. Now, I want my home to be a source of joy. My whole focus has changed. I have to go about my home CREATING Joy. I have to focus on things that I love like live plants. I need at least one in every room. It is amazing how you can lose sight of what you do love, lost in the confusion of what is CLUTTER.
I went shopping today, and I did not buy a thing that I did not love and what I did love, I bought. It was much easier to shop. Before I was confused by whether I needed it or not, or whether it was a good deal, or whether I would like it or not. Sounds silly but true. I did not enjoy shopping, now I will. If I spend time wearing and loving what I bought, I won't need to shop for a long time.
I, also, cannot wait to find places to go and wear my new clothes. I was in a rut. I was becoming a recluse. I really was. If you focus on JOY in your things, you will focus on JOY in your life. There is LIFE-CHANGING magic in THAT.
I came home from shopping and got rid of a truckload of stuff in my garage. I found my sewing box that had gone missing. Literally, a truckload was hauled off, and I have only just begun. I wanted an empty garage more than I wanted the stuff.I was so much happier when the stuff was gone.
I am happier, every time. I clear a space of things that I don't really want. I cannot wait to clear every thing out and be left with only the things that I need and want. I WANT a LOT of EMPTY space more than I want most of my STUFF.
This, decluttering is a joyful process. I throw out as fast as possible now, junk mail gets five minutes or less. Boxes and packaging, I trash quickly. I feel so much better already and I will feel as light as air when I am finished. Find the JOY in your life, Focus on JOY. Ask yourself often what brings JOY and do more of it. You may not want or need all the old age gadgets and devices. You will ignore a lot of dreary thoughts while you are focused On the JOY to be had.
You may say you don't have money. Pick some wild flowers, or go to a park. Scrub and scour and enjoy the clean smell. JUST find some JOY.Don't lose joy in the debris of life.