I still remember the day that I was bringing yet another load of donations to Goodwill. Yes, I know not everyone likes that I give to Goodwill. While I’m sure there are many other worthy causes in my area to give to, whenever I have the intention to give to them I usually end up having 3 garbage bags full of good intentions sit in the trunk of my car for months. Then, one day I open them up — ya know, just to see — and end up bringing stuff back into my house with me. This is why I adapted the habit of immediately donating whenever I found myself with the motivation to clean house. However, I had a shocking realization one day that I was donating an awful lot. I used to think this was a good thing, however, I couldn’t help but realize this meant I was in fact never actually creating a less-cluttered house. I was simply staying an equal amount of cluttered all year long. Sound familiar? Read on.
When I first started this little blog of mine, I felt like I needed to fit in with all of the other minimalist and organizational gurus out there. The thing is, I just couldn’t. It didn’t feel natural to me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not for lack of trying. Oh, yes, I bought into some amazing organizational hacks in my day and when they would eventually fail, I couldn’t help but feel like there must be something fundamentally wrong with me. To help you save you from the same fate, I’m going to get really honest with you about one of the biggest organizational lies we let ourselves believe that actually keeps us working harder!
No matter how bad we might crave the benefits of a clean, clear, clutter-free home, it’s kind of hard not to pretend that it’s actually really difficult parting with our beloved things. Some of us might have a tougher time than others getting rid of things family heirlooms. Others might struggle with clinging to the past (AKA those size 0’s jeans you know won’t even fit leg anymore). No matter why type of stuff it might be, the truth of the matter is, we are clinging to something other than the item itself. While there is never a one-size-fits-all reason for why we struggle to eliminate clutter from our homes, here are some ideas based on what I have learned so far.
Let’s face it, no one really likes cleaning, do they? Actually, that’s not true, some people are totally into that shit. I’ll never understand it. For the rest of us, who don’t thrive on organization and dusting, how are we supposed to take advantage of the bliss that minimalism promises? Luckily for you, the main reason I decided to incorporate minimalism into my life was that I hate cleaning. It took some effort to get me here, but the good news is, there are strategies that you can use that will help you eliminate a crap-ton of clutter without getting too overwhelmed. That way you don’t get to the point that you just have 80 piles of stuff lying around your house and no more desire to do anything. Let’s get into it!
It makes sense that I started my minimalist journey in the closet. My entire life had been spent building up a wardrobe that I felt like I could be proud of. So, I suppose it makes the most sense to think that the closet just might be where I would also lose myself. You see, I have come to realize that our clutter, specifically the areas where we struggle the most, is often a way for us to cover up or disguise our truest self. The funny thing is, more often than not, we are disgusting our true self from…ourselves. Let’s dive into that for a minute and talk about how we can often find who we are the second we start to downsize our wardrobes
I wasn’t always a naturally organized person. In fact, I would be whatever you would call the exact opposite. Borderline hoarder over here. However, I have found the amazing mental and physical benefits that can be gained from being a more organized person. Of course, this isn’t something that will just happen overnight. I get that. That’s why I put together this list of tried and true methods for slowly shifting from a messy hoarder into an organized person.