Less is Actually Less

I’m sharing my personal thoughts, ideas, and experiences on decluttering in this post of Less is Actually Less. Let these tips help you have a home you love and feel comfortable in.

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I know that some of these suggestions might be too extreme for some of you. Take from it what you think will work for you. Once you start decluttering you might find that you’re willing to take it further. With that being said, it’s easier and less painful to purge items when you try not to accumulate too much stuff to begin with. I don’t consider myself a minimalist but I also don’t like to be surrounded by a lot of stuff, just to have stuff. Less is actually less (and more)!

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Less Stuff Means

My #1 Tip is to declutter often. I think it’s great that there’s a huge movement to declutter in January every year but there’s a reason why people are decluttering every January. They’re not getting rid of things throughout the rest of the year. Why not set aside time every week or month to declutter? It will take a lot less time and things won’t be taking over your valuable space. You’ll have less to clean, less to organize, less to store, and less mess. Doesn’t that sound great?!

Decisions aren’t always easy. I really can’t say there is one thing I’ve ever gotten rid of that I regret, except for the mid-century bedroom furniture I gave to my daughter. If she gets tired of it I can always have it back though. If you’re indecisive about something you can always loan it to someone with the stipulation of getting it back in the future, then you don’t need to make space for it when you’re not using it.

Which brings me to another thing. I am totally against storage units. If you don’t have the space for it, get rid of it. Of course, there is always an exception. If you are in a smaller space temporarily (a year or two) then by all means rent a space. It will actually give you the time to realize that you can probably live without most of the stuff you have stored.

Have Nothing In Your House..

Useful or Beautiful

I totally believe in this statement by William Morris. Do you realize how much more room you would have if you got rid of things that weren’t useful or you didn’t truly love? I know people who are moving out of houses that are over 3000 square feet because they say they don’t have enough space for all their things. I don’t want to offend anyone saying that, some people have legitimate reasons for needing a bigger home but a lot of people are moving to bigger homes just to accommodate their things.

Just because you once needed something or loved it doesn’t mean you do now. Why do you still have it? Is it just taking up valuable space? Do you have it just to say you have it? Re-evaluate your feelings and your needs for the things you have right now. Now that I’m done with the pep talk, let’s get down to business.

Go through one room at a time to stay focused. You can spend as much time as you want each day or on the weekend, but I would shoot for at least 1/2 hour a day and/or 2-3 hours on the weekend until the house is decluttered. Set a timer and work until it goes off. If you have more time or you want to finish an area (which I recommend) then continue until you have that area done. It doesn’t have to be a whole room, it could just be a dresser or a closet.

Add Meaning to Your Life

Without Adding Stuff

Ask yourself these important questions:
Is it important to me right now?
Do I need it in my life?
Have I used it (or worn it) in the past year?
Could someone else enjoy it more than myself?
Do I have room for it?

Don’t dwell on these questions. Ask yourself them quickly then move on to the next item. It really doesn’t have to be painful. We as a society put so much value on things, but sometimes they’re just cluttering up our life without adding meaning to it. Think of ways to add meaning to your life without adding stuff. It will free up your time and you’ll enjoy what you do have so much more.

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I will be adding a few more posts about general organizing and decluttering over the next couple months. More of pep-talk posts and less specific, but of course, I will be sharing specific organizing posts also. If you ever need ideas or specific suggestions check out the Search Bar in my side bar area. Just type in what your looking for and I’m sure a few posts will come up in that area.

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  • Kristine Andersen August 4, 2018, 11:02 am

    This was a really good read. We do pretty well with decluttering on a regular basis. We also try to always ask ourselves if we really need something and if we have a specific place fore it BEFORE we get it. (Everything has a place and everything in it’s place).

    However, right now we are getting ready for the arrival of our 3rd child and in order to fit the crib in our room we need to get rid of our beloved red ultimatesack (BIG beanbag) that we got in collage and used in our living room while our other two kids were small. Needless to say it has a lot of great memories and it still looks good. So I have been trying everything to find a way to keep it somewhere, but we just don’t have the space. Reading your blog post though, made me realize that I USED TO love it but that I don’t think I really love it anymore. What a mind blower. Thank you so much!

    Keep the good posts coming.

    Kristine the Dane

  • Carol August 10, 2018, 10:38 am

    I am so overwhelmed with my house right now, I dont know where to start. It’s gotten so out of hand. I dont like garage sales, because no one ever shows up. A few people. Maybe. I dont know what to do with like old sheets, blankets, toss pillows, etc. Do I just put them in the garbage? What about old pots and pans, dishes. The list goes on and on. I cant do this on my own. I need help.

  • Teri Perrott July 21, 2020, 10:33 am

    I like the idea of setting a timer. It helps me to feel less overwhelmed when I have a job to do. Great tips!

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