How to be ruthless in de-cluttering also known as minimising (don’t worry it’s not some hippy – hipster love, you’ll see what I mean below…
Whilst planning to move from the UK, I knew the time will come where I had to get rid of those shorts and such like. Things that I’ve had for 10+ years.
So the planning began, and let’s just say I spent a lot of time on Pinterest…
I had trouble letting go of stuff, because of what ifs. And sentimental values, so this is what we did:
We asked ourselves these very simple questions, and had to answer truthfully. When one found it hard, the other made the ultimate decision.
Is this item something I use regularly?
If not, is it something I “love”?
Am I keeping this out of obligation or expectation?
Am I saving it for, just in case?
Do I have multiples of this object?
Could something else I own, do the job just as well?
Is this item worth the amount of time I spend cleaning it and storing it?
Can this space be used for something else?
If I didn’t have it for 3 months, would I miss it?
What is so remarkable about this item?
These were very trying times, because it’s very hard to get rid of stuff you’ve had for many years. Even if sometimes you don’t really know why you have it.
So we managed just fine, had a few fights here and there, but nothing that would send us running to the divorce court.
We packed everything that was left, into a container, and shipped it over to Australia.
When we received our container, we were surprised to see how many things we still had and could’ve gotten rid of.
We were also very surprised at how we didn’t even miss half our stuff.
Don’t get me wrong, we “love” stuff, but once you clear your life of the unnecessary, things become so much clearer.
And about 12 months ago, we came accords these two guys known as “The minimalists” and here is what they have to say, when it comes to de-cluttering:
Find a link to their website here.
“At first glance, people might think the point of minimalism is only to get rid of material possessions: Eliminating. Jettisoning. Extracting. Detaching. Decluttering. Paring down. Letting go. But that’s a mistake.
True, removing the excess is an important part of the recipe—but it’s just one ingredient. If we’re concerned solely with the stuff, then we’re missing the larger point.
Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment.
More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.
“Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all.
1. Question. Start your process by asking the most important question: “How might my life be better with less?”
By answering this question, you will identify the benefits of letting go—not just the how-to, but the more important why-to.
Of course, the benefits are different for each of us: for some people, they involve improved health or relationships; for others, the benefits are financial freedom or more time to create.
Understanding the purpose of decluttering will grant you the leverage you need to keep going.
2. Start Small. Once you understand why you’re decluttering, you want to start small so that you can get the momentum you need.
We recommend starting with the 30-Day Minimalism Game, which will make decluttering more fun by injecting some friendly competition into the mix.
3. Packing Party. Once you have momentum, let go of more stuff by throwing a Packing Party. Do it in one room or, if you’re feeling adventurous, your entire house!
4. Rules. If you need some guidance while letting go, consider the Just-in-Case Rule, the 90/90 Rule, and the 10/10 Material Possessions Theory to help you stay on track.
5. Organise. No matter where you are on your journey, always remember: The easiest way to organise your stuff is to get rid of most of it.”
So if this has helped you or think for a moment, let me know, also follow the link above to read more on “The Minimalists”