Decluttering is so hard for many reasons. It’s time-consuming, frustrating, and exhausting work. When I decluttered, I ended up with around 15 trash bags and donation bags. I’m only 16, so thinking about how much an adult would have stresses me out. I became interested in minimalism in November/December of 2016 but didn’t start decluttering until June of 2017. Life is crazy and a lot of people don’t have enough time to just sit around and declutter, or so they think. As humans living in a world run by technology, we don’t always realize how much time we are missing out on by all of the screen time we use. A lot of us spend hours upon hours binge watching our favorite tv shows or scrolling through our favorite social media platforms. With all of that time we could be helping create a better life for ourselves.
When you begin the decluttering process, you really need to go through everything (and I mean every thing you own). It may seem daunting, but with preparation it won’t take as long as you would expect it to. I personally started with one room at a time and made a pile of everything except for furniture on my bed. I then proceeded to wipe down all of my furniture and then begin. There were three piles: one for trash, one for sell/donate, and one for keep. There were also three questions I asked myself before deciding: Is this weighing me down? Does this make me happy? Will I ever need it again? The process was very efficient but still took a full 24 hours to do for each room (I had a lot of stuff).
Looking back on it now I realize that it put a lot of things into perspective. My life is not valued based on how much I have. I am worth more than my stuff. It felt like a ton of bricks had been lifted off of my shoulders when I realized that I was no longer drowning in all of my stuff. My rooms became more open and I wasn’t always worried about having to clean my room. Cleaning is no longer a hassle because everything has its own place and nothing is crowded. My stress levels are no longer based on my clutter and that is a beautiful feeling.
xoxo millicent jean