Recently my husband and I purchased an apartment which we will be moving to as our retirement home. At the moment, we are caring for his parents who at 89 are both still going strong, so a permanent move for us is not in the near future.
We have made the decision to purchase our apartment so that we have a place to call home and somewhere we can go to for some R&R when time (& parents) permits. However, a new home means more possessions – or does it?
Even though we had moved from a larger home many years ago it is amazing the amount of material possessions we still gather. We had to purchase new items for our new home, however when I did a stocktake at my current home, I found I had so many items that were duplicates and never used that now was the time to take them out and dust them off and actually use them.
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You know, the dinner set we keep for ‘special occasions’ which rarely gets used, the extra blankets and bedding – just in case we have extra guests.
The old saying ‘we can’t take it with us’ is never truer than now. So I’m making the decision to use what I have. Don’t just keep things to look at – if you can’t use it and enjoy using it, then get rid of it. There is always someone not as fortunate as you, who could use what you don’t need.
It is amazing how decluttering can have a cathartic affect and a feeling of freedom. Do we really need all these possessions?
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Here are 3 Easy Ways to Minimalise the Clutter in your Life
1. The Three Options Rule
You have three options when decluttering. Keep It – Donate It or Dispose of It
Now this is a tough one because you need to be strong! It is easy to say ‘oh I might use that’ and want to keep it, however you have to keep focused on the job at hand.
Divide your items into three bags :-
- The Keep It bag which are the things you just can’t live without.
- The Donate It bag – which are things that are still in good usable condition or could be recycled but you no longer need them and someone else would be grateful to have. You will feel great knowing that you have helped someone who is not as fortunate as you are.
- The Dispose of It bag – which are things that are broken or of no use to anyone.
2. The One Year Rule
When was the last time you used something or wore that outfit stuck at the back of the wardrobe. Yes I know things come back into fashion but if you haven’t used it or worn it in the last 12 months, then put it in the Donate or Dispose of It category.
3. Make a Memories Box
I have tried to keep everything personal I’ve received over the years. The paintings, school reports from my children’s school days, the birthday and mother’s day cards, thousands of photographs. These all build up over the years and to be honest how many times do we actually look at them. Why not make a memories box of the most special things. This takes planning and thought but you will reduce your memories to a manageable size.
Why not scan your old photographs? I’m now discovering how important it is to have photos of parents and friends who are no longer with us. Make a project to scan all your old photos so that you will always have them especially as old photos will fade.
Cleaning up your possessions is very personal and not always easy an easy task as it can be very sentimental and emotional. However, I now believe that my possessions should be used, not looked at, and if I can’t use them, then perhaps they will find a home with someone who will.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!