When you feel overwhelmed, stressed and tired, the right solution might be to make more space in your life by removing the excessive belongings. However, it’s easy to come up with tons of excuses for not doing so, which is typical whenever you’re about to leave your comfort zone.
In this article, I want to show you a bunch of truths about decluttering that proved true countless times, with the intent to help you declutter your life.
New possessions will lose their magic quicker than you expect
When you feel a huge urge to buy something, you end up believing this sense of excitement will last really long and once you get that item, it’ll seriously improve your life. Alas, the magic tends to fade away sooner than you’d predict. Sometimes, it’s the very moment that you just bought something when you begin questioning whether it’s actually required.
The point is, being deliberate during the process will save you both feeling the sense of regret afterward and money that could go wasted on things which end up collecting dust on your shelf.
Long-forgotten items won’t become useful all of a sudden
There’s that weird idea of attachment that we develop over time. The more you keep storing something, the stronger it becomes up until a point when you realize it’s just a foolish excuse.
I used to keep plenty of just-in-case items to stay prepared for the time I’ll suddenly need it. With hindsight, it seems funny considering the type of items I’ve collected. Nothing but a garbage that I purchased without giving it a single thought.
If you’re struggling with decluttering, I guarantee you that the vast majority of possessions you keep for that one moment in the future won’t get back from the retirement in your basement. Therefore, you might as well donate it or remove it which will give you more space to breathe.
2 Weeks from now, you won’t even remember what you got rid of
I jettisoned countless bags worth of stuff. Books that I no longer need, games that I no longer play, clothes that I no longer wear. At first, you might feel that you’re getting rid of useful stuff and therefore, losing your money. The truth is, you won’t even remember the possessions you removed from your life.
These are just things, which can always be replaced when needed. The fact is, however, it’s not likely to happen.
The additional space you get provides you with a less distractive environment which is great to focus on things that you want to accomplish. Fewer possessions mean more mental and physical space that’s required to thrive.
If you didn’t use something in the last 6 months, you’re likely to never touch it again
Whenever you feel confused when it comes to decluttering, ask yourself when was the last time you used that thing. Often, you don’t even remember it, which is a good sign to remove that item without feeling regrets.
Sure, there are some things that you only use only periodically like a winter jacket if you live in a warm climate. However, the large part of stuff doesn’t apply to this group and is nothing but a clutter on your shelves, in your wardrobe or basement. The best move to make is to either get rid of that or donate it to those who will actually make use of it.
This is what I did with dozens of books that I’ve collected through the years. Books mean knowledge and you don’t want to deprive yourself of wisdom. But what I did was switching to Kindle which enables me to carry a library with me wherever I go. All the traditional books went to a local library which will use them more than I would.
A cluttered room makes it difficult to work, relax and live
Even if it’s well organized, once you cross the line, the amount of stuff that fights for your attention is oppressive. I’ve noticed a huge difference once I renovated my room and cut out the superfluous belongings. No more additional furniture with the only purpose to store the possessions I don’t use anyways.
Instead, more tidy and fresh space which makes it easier to create, do the work, have fun or relax. Don’t believe my words, just try it out, decluttering one item at a time. Sooner or later, you’ll notice a real difference, you’ll be less likely to procrastinate and more eager to cultivate the good habits.