We can procrastinate and avoid decluttering when we don’t want to get rid of things that are important to us. But this isn’t how minimalism works, you are supposed to keep what you love!
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The thought of saying goodbye to belongings we treasure is awful. Photos, memorabilia, keepsakes and souvenirs.
It can make us feel so dreadful it could stop us from decluttering at all.
I recently watched a video about a lady who lived in a tiny house and she was a collector, she liked quirky things and she had a decent size rock collection, even her daughter had one.
They didn’t sacrifice their love of collecting because they lived in a small space, they chose what they wanted and kept that. This is how it should be.
They made a deliberate choice to keep and care for something.
I take issue with things that accumulate slowly over time and take up energy sorting or maintaining that I don’t notice at first.
This began to bother me as a mother quite a lot, so much so that I decided enough was enough and did something about it.
It took 3 weeks and I decluttered my whole home of approximately 2 trailer loads of toys, books, clothes, and furniture and I have never looked back.
But I never got rid of our truly ‘important’ things.
The things that were of value to me, my husband, the kids.
The things that really meant something where given space in our home.
Each of us decided the things we wanted to keep and care for. No matter how ridiculous it seemed to anyone else!
My son loved his LEGO books, but happily gave up a lot of other books.
My daughter loved her soft toys but was happy to let go of her dolls and blankets.
My husband did not want to let go of his guitars and amplifier.
I most certainly did not want to get rid of all my kids baby things.
I found ways around photos and other important records that made it easy for me to keep them, and I kept 3 items rather than 30.
In the end, we kept the belongings we really wanted and gave us enjoyment.
We owned less, but those particular items meant so much to each of us.
Decluttering doesn’t have to mean getting rid of your special things.
It’s ALL about getting rid of excess invaluable things so we see what we love.
My daughter played with her soft toys because that’s what she had. If she had kept her many toys she may have not remembered or seen or teddy bears.
If you are avoiding getting started decluttering, remember you don’t need to throw things out that brings you joy from owning it.