De-cluttering my life has been on my plate since past few months. The idea being take out everything in the house that I haven’t used for few months; be it clothes, linen, shoes, bags, utensils, crockery, etc. Basically anything that has the feel of hoarded up without a utility is going to be tossed out unceremoniously.
The main reason behind doing this is of course to lighten my house, to decrease the clutter and most importantly to reduce the burden of packing all this stuff when I move house. I have been carting around useless items from one house to another without a clear plan of it ever being used.
There is another motive behind this de-clutter which has come about after I have visited an old age home and seen some community request on Facebook from such NGO /organisations which work with the underprivileged and villages and collects resources like household goods, clothes, etc for them. Why not get rid of all this stuff (which is lying useless in my home) which can be effectively used by those who have none?
How often it happens that we start hoarding with the intention to lose 5 kg and then slip back into this dress -never happens but the pile of such clothes keeps increasing!
My problem is that I over shop even if I don’t need something, the moment I see an item in the shops I feel a compulsion to buy it. Ss basically without having a utility or need for it, I end up spending money on an item which I bring home and the old item that is already being used either get shunted to the back shelf of the cupboard never to be used again or get stored in a box with goes up in the attic and never looked at again.
This realisation has made me a better declutter and I have now started looking at things in my house with a checklist of questions:
1) How old is this item?
2) When is the last time that I used it?
3) Am I going at use it in next 10 days ?
4) Is it the only item in that category or do I have multiple versions of it ?
I have found that when I answer these questions 9/10 times I ended tossing the item. And tossing it means, it goes into one of these three piles:
A) My household help can use it,
B) An NGO can benefit from it,
3) Close friends/family would love to re-use it.
So instead of blindly throwing out stuff, I am actually making sure that it is upcycled and re-used.
The decluttering is a slow process but I am looking to be a lot lighter in terms of materials and people in my life too. Yes I said people!!!! I have also started applying this funda of decluttering to relationships which have become meaningless or for people who only add stress and mayhem to my life rather than anything constructive. Plus the time/effort that I was wasting on these relationships; I am now utilising it to positive avenues such as investing in a hobby, reading books, going for a walk, doing meditation, cooking something for myself or just simply talking on the phone to someone who matters to me and more importantly to whom I matter a lot.
Do you declutter or are you a hoarder? Are you possessed by your possessions?
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