A visit to www.becomingminimalist.com really got me thinking about decluttering.
As a consumer society where we shop regularly & add to our possessions, our homes house more & more “stuff”. So we spend time & seek solutions to manage it all – bigger containers, better organising methods, etc.
Think about it? Storage items are now being sold everywhere. It’s a growing industry – selling us stuff to store our stuff in!
Aren’t we doomed to failure if we keep bringing more stuff into our homes without letting some go? Consider:
- Do you have rarely used possessions that sit on shelves in cupboards, garages, etc? What if you could actually use these shelves and cupboards for stuff you use on a regular basis?
- Are you on a continual treadmill of organising your stuff and looking for stuff?
- What’s the cost of buying all this stuff & then purchasing containers, storage units or larger homes to house it?
- How many times do you hang on to something in case you need it one day or because it cost a lot?
- Have you bought something and then got home and realised you already had it?
- Why it is so hard to let “stuff” go? Whether we re-sell our possessions, donate them to charity or give them to a friend, they can then be put to use by someone who needs them.
Maybe we all need to rethink our approach to stuff?
As I sort out the homes for those who have upgraded to heaven or who are downsizing, it’s amazing what we hold on to – so many coffee cups, cutlery, pots, crockery, old underwear, never used linen, blankets, old pillows, broken glassware, broken appliances, beautiful children’s books that have not had an opportunity to delight a child in years – lots of great stuff that could be used by others but is sitting idle.
As we strive to reuse and recycle wherever we can, should we also be thinking about the wasted resources from making all this stuff?
Maybe it would be a wise move to start thinking of de-owning rather than decluttering.
Happy sorting …. Mary, the allsorter, home sorting specialist