It’s taken a couple of years but I’ve finally accepted the fact that it will take a few more “rounds” of the house before I achieve the minimalist aesthetic I’m aiming for in my decluttering efforts.
Minimalism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea nor would I suggest that it’s something all or even most of us should aspire to but it’s where I’d like to end up. I adore clean uncluttered surfaces, the simple visual of space clears my mind, it relaxes me in a way no other environment can.
I’ve been seriously decluttering for about four years now, I don’t do it everyday, when I do it I declutter for only a small amount of time but I think it’s what I don’t do anymore that really makes a difference.
I never read brochures and pamphlets that arrive with the newspaper (we have it delivered) or that come into my “No Junk Mail” letter box. Now that I don’t read them I find them aggressive in their sale pitch and, funnily enough, I sometimes don’t have a clue what the item is that they are trying to sell me.
If I bring something home that is not a consumable I immediately take something out for recycling, donation or rubbish. This past week has been a big one for us for bring home non-consumables — I had to replace my iPod so the old one is ready for computer donation, Tony’s glasses had to be replaced so his old pair are also ready for donation, we each got some new pairs of socks so the dead ones are in the compost or the bin (depending on fabric).
The other key thing for me is moving something on as soon as I realise that I don’t need/want it anymore.
That said there is still a lot of clearing to do. I’m heading towards a capsule wardrobe but I’m not quite there yet, I’ve halved the books, made huge inroads on the wool stash, halved the contents of the kitchen cupboards and even sorted and decluttered the CDs and DVDs.
Sigh, but I think there are at least three full house rounds to go.
Over on the Down to Earth Forum we are starting a 28 day Decluttering Challenge on Sunday which should inspire my efforts further. How are you going on the decluttering road? Is it something you tackle regularly? Please share any tips you might have.