STUFF…all kinds of stuff…we all have it in drawers, in cupboards, in closets and in boxes. Stuff accumulates and grows exponentially as the years go by. The more space you have, the more stuff you have. The more people living in your space, the more stuff there is. How do you stay on top of all your stuff?!
As an on my way but not there yet empty nester, I see the need to downsize my ‘stuff’ stockpile. I have accumulated a TON of stuff over the years. Two teenagers, a husband and me. As a group we have years and years of clothes, shoes, toys and everything you can think of under the sun that goes into living a life as a family in a country with four distinct seasons- our ‘stuff’ was doing me in.
Although I generally keep a tidy house and there is some semblance of organization around here, my closets and storage nooks told a different tale. This ‘stuff’ in the background always low key bothered me but I didn’t discover the pleasure of purging until last weekend. My daughter is really good at getting rid of ‘stuff’. After watching her rip through her closet and drawers last month in 30 minutes flat- casually removing and discarding all items not used/worn in the last year, I was mesmerized! Her space went from clutter to calm, messy to organized, stuffed to liberated. When I asked her how she did it so fast and with such ease she said, “It’s simple mom, I don’t use any of it!” Simple indeed. I decided to use this strategy on 1 single messy ‘stuff’ drawer and cleared it in less than 5 minutes….I was hooked.
Last weekend, I got hubs on board the purging train. We went through our stuff faster than teenagers eat pizza and by days end, order was restored in several closets. We freed up space- we saw space we forgot we had- said spaces were tidy, organized and clean. A ton of bags were dropped off for the less fortunate who will likely get to use the ‘stuff’.
2 steps to a successful purging session
1. Ask yourself if you use the item in question
2. If you don’t use it, chuck it
Forget the mindset of ‘I may need it in the future’. This creates packrat syndrome-I’m pretty sure that’s a thing. Trust me, you won’t miss what you don’t use and clarity of space lends to clarity of mind. I can’t tell you how much easier it is to find and use the ‘stuff’ that remains. I can see it, I can get to it and the organization brings with it a feeling of calm.
Simple is always best.