My wife and I are in the middle of decluttering our house in preparation for downsizing to a much smaller new family home. I should probably say we are “rightsizing”, as we simply don’t need a home as large as our current house.
Don’t get me wrong. We had no problem filling every nook and cranny of our current home… and mostly I’m to blame for the clutter. When you have all those extra rooms and closets it becomes less urgent to prioritize and purge stuff.
Are you one of those people who are naturally organized, and who never keeps “stuff” that doesn’t have a clear purpose or value? I am learning, but definitely did not start out that way. I tended to attach emotional significance and memories to “things”.
But if the objects we associate with important people and life-events are no longer there to hold and touch… does that mean those memories are gone, too? I don’t think so, and I’m putting my money (or actually my savings) where my mouth is.
I’ve donated a ton of dress clothes. I rarely wear suits any more, and even if I did, I probably could not have fit into many of these. That said, I am working on a personal downsizing as well, and have lost about 20 pounds. That’s for another post.
As I’ve bagged up items to donate or discard, I’ve found a great relief seeing it all leave our home. There’s stress associated with a bunch of stuff you know you should go through and purge. Once it was all gone I felt I could breathe freer.
Visiting our new home (the builder calls it a “cottage”) I am actually excited at the prospect of having so much less “stuff”. Honestly, we have no choice. It won’t fit, nor would I want it too. Wish us luck, I’ve a long way to go before it’s all done.
How about you? Do you have stuff that you’re paying to store (in one way or another)? Or are you one of those people for whom living “minimally” is just second nature? In our acquisition oriented culture, it’s quite a mental shift, but I’m trying.