A while ago I admitted to having some problems – one of them being my shopping habits and the other that I am a semi hoarder which means that I have a lot of clutter – in my home, in my mind, even in the digital world (the two problems are actually linked). I have taken so much time to re-evaluate my lifestyle which has started resulting in good things. I am now in the realisation stage, I keep having aha moments which have me starting to make small changes, reading about others that have had similar experiences, making lists of things I want to achieve and just letting my mind work in a different way (most of the time anyway).
I do believe that because this has become such a habit and has been the way I have lived my life for the last six years or so, it is going to take a while to completely change but I am absolutely ready for change because my current lifestyle is not working for me.
Last night I had a big realisation as I was getting into the bath. I saw a makeup bag that had once been filled with some sample goodies (but is now empty) stuffed between a few things in my bathroom. I obviously had nowhere to put it and I have obviously NEVER used it. The scary thing is this is pretty much the norm for me. I shove things in arb places because I need somewhere to put them and then I never end up using them and get angry when I see the clutter.
So while I was sitting in the bath I thought about other spots in my house that are full of crap that I haven’t touched. I realised that I hold onto things in fear of needing them one day. This goes back to my childhood because I had little so now I overcompensate and I must have more of everything, just in case.
I then made a rule that when I start the big de-clutter I am going to be ruthless. It hit me that if anything happens to my current makeup bag and I don’t have a backup (who has a backup make up bag?) I can get myself one. I am a working women who gets a stable income (I might not be left with much after debt) but I can definitely buy a cheap makeup bag if the need arises, and the same with many of the other things I have extras or backups of.
I woke up this morning and read this post on Elephant Journal and I found myself nodding at all of the points and had the weirdest feeling. It was almost like the universe was trying to confirm the thoughts that I had last night. It also just gave me that extra bit of motivation/inspiration I needed to start the journey to a simple life.
I am going to attempt the start of the de-clutter this weekend. I don’t know how much I will get done, but I am going to make notes of how many items I get rid of in each room.
Do you have any tips?
P.S I am also going to start reading The life-changing magic of tidying up this weekend