12 Less Things

Following the initial flurry of decluttering activity the process of simplifying has become more gradual, slower and more considered.

The things that remain survived the first few waves of frenzy so they often take more thought. But I’m pleased to say that decluttering is now a part of my everyday, items are assessed and their worth is given a valuation as I get on with my daily life.

Natural decluttering feels much more peaceful that the rounds of decluttering that kick started my journey, and I truly enjoy it.

Since my last decluttering update, we’ve now removed a further 12 things from our lives, as follows.

2 spare pillows – the number of pillows in our house far outnumbered the amount needed for the two double beds we have.

1 set of eyelash curlers – Christmas left me with duplicates here.

2 pairs of shoes – 1 pair that I never wear and another that pained me to relinquish but their state of disrepair was finally too much.

2 blouses – 1 recent impulse buy that I didn’t like wearing and 1 white blouse that has finally lost it’s glorious bright whiteness despite all my best efforts.

1 pair of underwear – I’m sure this stuff breeds.

1 skirt – another recent impulse buy of poor quality which had already frayed and ripped along the bottom seam.

1 scarf – a Christmas gift.

2 hats Рmore Christmas gifts, one from this year and one from last year.

As with everything I decluttered each item is either gifted to someone else, donated or recycled or in the case of items that can’t fit any of those categories it gets thrown away – but I would urge anyone embarking on a declutter mission to avoid landfill wherever you can!

Ultimately as I continue with mindful decluttering I am become more conscious to not be restricted because an item is a gift or sentimental, items don’t hold memories, we do. Plus the person that gifted you an item wouldn’t want it to be a burden, so let it go rather than hold onto something that makes you unhappy.

 

 

Choose Less.

Guys.

I had a bit of an epiphany. Wow I couldn’t spell that word then. Anyhow. Epiphany.

I’ve hit a brick wall lately with my warbrobe. I’ve reduced so much but I still feel like I have a lot of stuff. And each time I open my drawers or my wardrobe I have an internal discussion over whether there’s anything in there that can go, now do these thoughts sound familiar…

‘I’ve not worn that in ages, but I will wear it in summer’

‘I’ve not worn those in a while, but I know I have tops that work with it so it’s still useful’

‘I’ve got lots of trousers here, but it’ll help me mix up my work wardrobe over summer’

‘I don’t really have shoes that go with these… Sure you do, just wait until you want to wear them and then we’ll find the shoes’

And on and on we go. The excuses just pour.

But back to my epiphany. Today I had a little moment where I thought – Hold on a minute, I can simply choose less. I can make the conscious decision that yes they might be useful, and yes they might match other items, and yes I might have worn them in past seasons, and yes I might wear them again. But, (epiphany moment) I can choose not to. I can choose to have less choice.

Phew.

Simple stuff right? But whilst those pale pink trousers do work well in summer and do match up with a couple of summer blouses, I can choose to not have them. I can choose to match those blouses with a pair of trousers that work for me year round instead.  I can take away that option and reduce the clutter in my wardrobe and the clutter in my mind through having to make all these wardrobe choices by doing so.

I can decide that my wardrobe doesn’t have 6 different coloured pairs of trousers because I have chosen not to wear pink trousers anymore. I’m happy with my black, navy and beige pairs, they go with more things, I wear them year round. They are more valuable than the once a month summer trousers, that are probably a bit tight and probably a bit too pale pink for my skin tone.

Yes, they are useful. Yes, I would probably wear them again if I kept them.

But I choose not to.

I choose less.