Tim and I have almost finished the decluttering overhaul of our home, but during the process, there were times that I felt completely overwhelmed. In the early stages of decluttering, I would often wonder where to even begin. We had so much stuff. Slowly, I began chipping away at my things and got rid of a few items here and there. After a month or so of this, I realized my efforts hadn’t really amounted to any noticeable difference in our home. Feeling slightly defeated, I took a short break from purging.
Here’s something you should know about me, when I decide to do something, I always follow through wholeheartedly. In this case, I was determined to minimize my possessions. During this purging hiatus, I read articles and books on minimalism, the most profound being Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. I’ll just say, it’s a New York Times bestseller for a reason. I will admit, that it is very new age-y, but there are some great decluttering tips! My urge to declutter was now back, and in full force! I ruthlessly sold, donated, and trashed thousands of items that I no longer wanted or needed, or that I was hanging on to “just in case…”. Then it happened; clear and clutter free areas emerged. My anxiety was replaced with Joy, and I was able to finally relax and breathe in the open spaces of my home.
Remember that if you are feeling burnt-out or overwhelmed in your personal decluttering journey, it’s ok! Take it one drawer, shelf, or room at a time. Create a plan and tackle it. Visualize your end goal and do whatever it takes to make it happen. Whether it is slow, or all in one go, remember that progress is progress, and with dedication, you will reach your goals. I sincerely hope that this blog serves as one of many inspirations to help you find joy in minimizing.