We get emotionally attached to things. Even when these things are no longer of use to us, do not fit like they used to, or are just taking up space. So why hold on to the cluttered life we are so used to? Sometimes a fresh start is more like a simpler start. The best place to begin this is in your own living space. This task can be time consuming and requires you to be mentally strong as you may need to ask yourself if something is worth keeping or not. I hope this first blog post of the year encourages and motivates anyone who is ready to start the year off fresh and free of unnecessary things.
I’m going to work backwards and just show you all just how much I decided to part ways with. I got two full trash bags and 3 large shopping bags consisting of things ranging from clothes, shoes, purses, accessories and decor.
The more I cleaned my closet out, the more I realized I had gotten into better shape and that my style changed pretty drastically. When I realized how much I was tossing, I had so many empty hangers to place in the laundry room and more space in my closet to use for items that took up the corners of my room like my yoga mat, an extra comforter I decided to keep, and my tripod. Corners are now cleared in my room with the exception of the corner my bed takes up of course.
The closet alone was not the only place that had a bunch of unnecessary items. My desk was so cluttered, I couldn’t see the top of it. Oh, and those drawers were so unkempt that I would always have a hard time opening them and an even harder time looking for a pair of socks. I turned my attention to my drawers while listening to an audio book. The entire audio for the book is almost 8 hours and with the way those drawers were, I was already on ch. 9 out of 13, more than 4 hours of cleaning 4 drawers and the top of my desk. Not only did I toss many things, I even folded and organized each drawer using the KonMari Method which takes some getting used to if you’re used to not folding your laundry that much. Yes, I am lazy when it comes to folding clothes. Take a look at my drawers now:
Rearranging my bed and chair and also adding a new air freshener was the last bit I needed to do to make my space look and feel more open and fresh. Glade’s Blue Odyssey is my new favorite air freshener scent. Look at me, a millennial talking about their favorite air freshener scent. Ha!
So what am I going to do with all those clothes in those bags? I either donate them to Goodwill or any thrift shop or I just find a donation station to drop off items there. I also list some gently used fashion on Poshmark, but if your goal is to remove these items out of your living space, then stick to donating them the next day instead. I am sad to part ways with a lot of my stuff, but at the same time, it warms my heart to know that there will be a shopper who will encounter these things and it will bring them joy the same way it did to me when I first received them. The bottom line is, if you’re not going to use it, don’t allow it to waste away in your closet when someone out there can put it to use.
I feel relieved now that this is all out of my living space. I feel accomplished and I even slept better the past few nights because my space just feels so much better. I encourage anyone who wants to start making changes this year to start by making changes within your own living space. Declutter, declutter, declutter! You’ll be so glad you did and you can enjoy a nice bath and drink right afterwards.
I hope you all love the way 2019 has been treating you and I will talk to you all again soon! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!