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How’s it going?
If you’re like most of my readers (and me!), you may be struggling right now with some clutter.
I personally have a long history with clutter.
Look, I like things.
I like buying seasonal and decorative items for our home.
I like buying dishes.
I like buying clothes.
I like buying.
I’m embarrassed about my “need” for things. Sure, I buy most of them at the thrift store, but I’m still wasting money even if it’s less money.
And a lot of those things end up in my garage once I’m done with them.
Because we live in a small older house with very little closet space, I basically use the garage as a storage unit — until it becomes totally out of control again and we have to purge.
SO last week my husband and I addressed the garage problem again.
Here’s what I ended up giving away.
Yes, the entire back of our car with the back seats folded down was FULL of stuff to donate.
And it was HARD!
I don’t know how it is for you, but I feel a physical and emotional PANG when I get rid of things. Even looking at this photo created that same response in me.
But I know that the relief I feel from being in a calm, clear space far outweighs the temporary sense of loss I experience.
Speaking of my difficulty in getting rid of things, included in this decluttering haul are two garbage bags of decorative pillows. You can read about my pillow problem HERE.
Next up I’ll be decluttering our Christmas decor as I decorate our home this year.
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You CAN do this. Don’t put off the decluttering one more second!
I would love to hear your next decluttering baby step or a recent decluttering success you’ve enjoyed. Leave a comment. 🙂
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Laurel Kendrick says
During my past week off from school I tackled my sewing area (which is on the dining table in dining room). I got rid of sewing projects/repairs that are not salvageable. I found a plastic chest of drawers while trash picking. I organized remaining fabric, notions, etc in the new chest. I bought a thread storage stand at Goodwill over the summer. My thread is now stored on the spindles & fabric is put away. I donated the fabric scraps to GW. I’ve heard they can get $ for scraps of fabric . Hope it’s true. The area looks much neater now & I can see my inventory more easily. Now on to the closets!
Kimberlee Stokes says
That sounds AWESOME Lauren! Good for you!
We live in a small log cabin with three small bedrooms. No garage. Only storage area was under the stairs…which is a very very tiny space. We’ve always had to keep things down. So we are very lucky that we are very mindful of our purchases. Not only for clutter but for cost effectiveness too. I like the saying “outer order, inner peace”!
My three kids are all grown now and they have clutter free homes too which I believe they are like that from habit of living at home. They have more time to do what they love.
And now I have a lovely, uncluttered, and organized craft room that I converted one of the bedrooms into.
It’s a very peaceful life and I think God every day.✨
Kimberlee Stokes says
Good for you Janice!