Lately, I’ve been feeling swamped by ‘stuff’, and I absolutely hate stuff. I’m a believer that if you are surrounded by stuff, then your brain just does not operate effectively. Well mine certainly doesn’t. I really can’t function properly when the stuff takes over.
In 2006, when I moved to Bendigo without having time to prepare or plan for the move, it was an opportunity leave most of my things. behind. Well, it would have been, if I had been clever. I took most of it with me, and put into a spare room for storage, as I was still attached to all those things that I’d surrounded myself with. I was in a temporary rental, for twelve months, until I decided whether or not Bendigo was the place for me. When the twelve months was up, I moved into my new house that I’d bought off the plan. It was lovely and fresh and new, and I didn’t want all those things from my past clogging the place up. I desperately needed to make a new life for myself. This was when I cleared out most of my excess baggage.
I remember how freeing it felt to not have my spare room packed with boxes of things that I no longer needed. Actually, I felt very proud of myself at the time, for cutting the ties to things that belonged in my past.
So, now it is almost sixteen years later, and here I am, once again surrounded by too many things that I definitely do not need. It’s well beyond time for a clear out. I decided that I would get everything that was unnecessary, out of the house and out of the shed. I started in the shed, pulling everything out into separate little piles. During last week I started listing bits and pieces that were worth selling, on Facebook Marketplace. I didn’t have much expectation of anything selling. It was just meant to be an experiment. I would give selling a go, and then throw out whatever didn’t sell. Much to my surprise, most things have been selling shortly after listing. I’ve kept prices quite low as I genuinely want to sell the items. It’s very much not about the money. It’s enough for me that my things are taken over by someone who can use them in their life. To me, that’s better than having them sit on the shelf in the shed, for another five years.
When the shed is finished, it will be time to move to inside the house. There’s the kitchen and pantry, the spare bedroom, my wardrobe, and my large office space. I’m really fortunate to have a very large office,but the downside of that is that there is plenty of space for things to accumulate. And accumulate, they have. The friend of every genealogist is paperwork, until that paperwork becomes overwhelming. I need to get it organised before it’s too late. Once I’ve left this earth, it will most probably be thrown into a skip bin and be gone forever.
This will be quite a long project, to get everything either sold or gone. We are a combined household, so have a huge amount of things that are excess to our needs. Already, even though I’ve only been working on the things in the shed, it does feel good to have it cleared out. I feel that by decreasing the things around me, I’m creating a space for clear thought. That feeling will only increase, when I start on the inside of the house.
My Decluttering Tips
Schedule a time when there will be no distractions.
Get everything out of the area to be decluttered, to enable you to work with a blank space.
Declutter one area at a time. Be disciplined about this and don’t allow yourself to move
on to another area, until the area you are working on is complete.
Decide on a storage system. I find it helpful to have this planned out before beginning
Be absolutely brutal in deciding what to keep and what to throw out
If you haven’t worn it or used it, in the past two years, throw it out. Again be disciplined
Have a place for everything and everything in it’s place
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