I love this quote. It’s so true!!
Just yesterday we dropped a load at Goodwill Express and then the pet donation thrift store and pet bookstore. They had been in the back of my VW for at least a month. I had hemmed and hawed at dropping off my practically new Dansko shoes( I paid $110 for), and an old family book that was printed in 1850. I had only worn the shoes 3-4 times and just didn’t fit my feet right. The book was an old book of quotations. Like I’m going to read that. So, I let them go for someone else to enjoy.
But, to backtrack here for a moment.
There are many ways to begin the minimalism journey, but number one is decluttering stuff. There are so many approaches to this. KonMari, minimalist game, FlyLady, Peter Walsh, and probably lots more. I actually have used all the popular ones at different times. It helps to keep getting fresh perspectives and to keep digging thru levels of stuff.
Generally, it’s a good idea to start decluttering with the easy stuff. Clothes are pretty unemotional, books are also fairly easy to discard, maybe moving on to kitchen stuff and pieces of furniture that don’t serve you anymore. Throw away broken stuff and stuff that can’t be repaired.
With each load you take to the thrift store or the dump, you will feel lighter. It is an amazing process.
You must though, do it. You have to put it in your car and take it. Best right away!!
When I was getting rid of lots and lots of stuff including many of my vintage collections, I happened to have a co-worker who loved that stuff and actually had a fairly big house so it fit in. She received an old 1900’s trunk, vintage fans, dishes, etc. It made me so happy to pass them on to someone who would enjoy them. If you can do that, it’s great. If not, just remember once it’s out of your space, take it to the appropriate drop-off.
This too is so true. So many of the things I let go, truly did matter to me before. And then somehow, they just didn’t and I needed the space more. The emptiness and openness was and is so healing.
So, DECLUTTER in whatever way suits you. It may be 15 minutes a day. It may be on weekends. Just do it.
Then GET RID OF IT!
Creating a more minimalist environment will help you have more time to do things you enjoy because with less stuff there is less maintenance and upkeep.