If you spend any time online these days, you find an interesting trend towards simplifying one’s life. With the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on all of our lives, one of the predominant themes in blogs, articles and books is reducing unnecessary things. For many residents of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach & Hampstead, a benefit of isolation is a renewed sense of what is important and what is not. It is becoming apparent to many of us that the trappings we have accumulated over the years have lost some of their shiny appeal. But what if you aren’t sure about how much you want to get rid of?
In her book, Simplify Your Life, Elaine St. James details 100 ways that you can reduce the distractions we all face so you can have a clearer, less stressful daily life. Likewise, in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo gives readers (sometimes in painful detail) the ways you can systematically go through your belongings to arrive at a more satisfying living condition. Whatever system you use, everyone can agree that we can prune out the clutter in our lives and live a tidier, more purposeful life without even changing the space we live in.
Be Ruthless in Your Decluttering
One hybrid method you can use is to decide on things you might or might not want around and then set a time to get rid of it. Start by going through certain kinds of things in one go, no excuses. You should go though:
- Other stuff
…and only keep the things that, after looking at for a minute or so, will give you pleasure every day you look at them. These things are pieces that make up a good representation of the way you want your life to be. The easiest way to do this is to put everything out flat on your floor or similar surface where you can see everything with one glance. Look at everything. For each item, pause a few seconds to really SEE the item. Decide what is really you.
Everything that doesn’t make the grade goes into a box. Seal the box and put today’s date on it. Put no other markings on the box at all. For this to work, you need to put the boxes away for 6 months to a year.
Get Old Items Out of Your House
If you live in the Wilmington, NC metropolitan area, a great way to deal with your “declutter boxes” is to take advantage of a Badger Box portable storage unit. These units allow you to store all of the boxes you used to prune down your possessions so you can get some distance from them. Why is this important? Because at the end of your 6 months or year, you will go look at the boxes again. If you don’t know what’s in them, give them away to someone who needs whatever is in that box more than you do. It takes discipline but when you look at how open and clean your old home is, you’ll know that it was worth it.