Simplifying Family Life – Eliminating Physical Clutter

I have been feeling really overwhelmed for the past few months, I have felt like I’ve been spinning too many plates, treading water and wading through treacle, I don’t know about you but when there is too much clutter in my mind, too many to-do lists and the constant feeling that I need to catch up I come to a complete standstill instead, productivity becomes nothing more than a long distant memory.

One afternoon last week I had an epiphany, a light bulb moment and all of a sudden it became clear, I needed to be ruthless and simplify my life, look at all the areas that were making me feel so frustrated and de-clutter them within an inch of their life !

I’m not just taking about the type of clutter that we physically accumulate, I’m talking about mind clutter, digital clutter and debt (it is a type of clutter if you think about it).

I am determined to reclaim the time and space for us to grow as a family, I want the weekends back for us to do things as a family rather than catching up from the chores from the previous week.

This is the first part in a series of posts I want to write about our experience as we declutter and simplify our family life, feel free to join us along the way.

Physical Clutter

I have never been a hoarder, I probably have a sort out at least once a season, I give stuff away frequently but that’s just no good if I’m then replacing the items with more stuff.

Over the past week I’ve been absolutely ruthless, going through each room and filling boxes to be donated or passed along to family.

These are the things I have asked myself each time I’ve faltered or been indecisive

Have we used the item in the last year ? 
Would we notice if the item wasn’t there anymore ?

Am I just keeping the item because I’m worried about the money I wasted on it ?

Am I keeping it out of obligation ?

Is the item adding value to or enhancing our life ?

You really have to tale a long hard look at why you are holding onto things to be able to make any real progress, at the end of the day it’s all just stuff, you need to make room in your life for the things you really want by letting the stuff you don’t need go.

As the rooms and spaces become clearer I am finding them so much easier clean and keep in order (as much as you can do with children in the house) , I still have quite a way to go but I feel motivated that doing a little at a time is going to make a huge difference in the end.

Of course clearing the clutter is no good if you are not going to change your mind set about the items you buy or bring into your house and life, this process is making me realise that we need to think carefully about our purchasing decisions, I am quite an impulsive person and it’s really helping me to learn a different way of doing things which is no bad thing.

I can’t begin to tell you how much better I feel after just a week of going through the process, I can already feel the fog lifting.

Do you have any tips for me about decluttering ? share your experiences with me in the comments I love hearing from you.

Angela x

 

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