Even if you aren’t planning a move any time soon, incremental downsizing or de-cluttering can mean a more organized and enjoyable lifestyle today.
For some folks the thought of “spring cleaning” can conjure up all kinds of overwhelming images that involve going through the entire house or garage in one weekend. Having to make lots of decisions, figuring out how to deal with the things we no longer want to keep and generally feeling kind of embarrassed about letting things get this “bad”.
Rather than a semi-annual all or nothing fest, the reality is that we can and should approach de-cluttering as an ongoing process. One drawer, one cupboard or one shelf at a time. It can be a manageable, doable and believe it or not a fun experience.
Who doesn’t like feeling in charge? Being the captain of your own destiny from a stuff standpoint can be very liberating. You are not ruled by your possessions, you rule them. You use your possessions regularly, they enhance your life, and they support your sense of well being.
Pick one day a week to spend 15 minutes going through the contents of one drawer, one cupboard or one shelf. Keep what serves you and let the rest serve someone else. Spending a little time regularly reviewing your things helps keep clutter at bay.
Having less = taking care of less = more energy to do the things you want to do
Having less = the ability to find things more easily = less stress and time wasted
Having less = knowing what you have = using and enjoying it more