Why are you decluttering?

One of the things I’ve found most helpful in this current round of decluttering is to keep in mind WHY I’m decluttering.  There have been times when I decluttered just to gain more space or for things to look nicer.  This time the reason is more pressing.  I’m preparing to move to a smaller space.

Yes, I’m in that stage of life where a four-bedroom home with two dining areas really no longer suits me.  Lots of extra space that’s not being used by anyone and never will be.

I’ll be moving at the end of the year to a new place that’s considerably smaller, so I’m going through every nook and cranny of my current house and parting with everything that I don’t want to have move with me.

So why am I decluttering?  Preparation for a move.  Which not only gives me a reason for decluttering, but also gives me a timeline for finishing.  I have plenty of time, but I don’t want to shrug it off and wait until the last minute.  So I find it helpful to keep in mind the WHY and the WHEN.  I don’t want to move, hauling around a bunch of unneeded stuff.  And I want to be ready to go when the movers show up.

I think keeping in mind the WHY of projects could be helpful in more areas than just declutter.  What’s the WHY for your latest project or big chore?

A decluttering treasure

This was always my all-time favorite photo of me. Happy doing the thing I loved most in the whole world — horseback riding in the Methow Valley. I thought this photo had been lost long ago, but while decluttering a storage box, I found the photo in an old envelope. A real decluttering treasure.  Photo was taken in about 1977.

Decluttering Notes

In the process of decluttering, I came across a little red notebook that had about 20 pages of handwritten notes.  I’d set the notebook aside and decided to look through it this morning.  The first few pages were about mental health and self-care ideas.  And then suddenly the pages shifted into decluttering-themed writing.  This is a topic I come back to regularly, it appears.

The basics of these notes were quick tips and a couple of questions for thought.

  1. Break jobs into ten-minute chunks
  2. Make things pleasant (music, air freshener, candles, comfy clothes)
  3. What motivates you to clean?  (Company coming over, Game Nights, holidays)
  4. Favorite Flylady tips:  shine the sink, start with the biggest thing in the room, Baby Steps
  5. Favorite Kondo tips:  does it bring joy, sorting clothes, books (but I keep more than 30)
  6. What purpose do you want your home to fulfill?