Mum was a reading a book over Christmas …
Right after we came home form Christmas, she bought a shredder! She said she will start over the weekend to take down all her scrapbooks and tons of files.
Then Julie gave her another book along the same line!
And then before we knew what happened …
All these things came out of one cupboard in the study.
I think that’s good enough evidence for her to be reading those two books. Some rather interesting things emerged … things she had long forgotten about.
May’s comment: I wanted to do declutter last year but got distracted. I did do my wardrobe but didn’t get any further and that’s not what Marie Kondo suggests.
I am having a go at it again but I am not doing it the MK way, i.e. by categories. I am starting with a cupboard which probably has the hardest items to discard – boxes of letters, diaries, scrapbooks. I don’t have the time to appreciate the items either – no time for “does this bring me joy?” I had intended to start the process this weekend and do it properly – to declutter my life rather than just discard things. I had even thought about hiring some rubbish removal services but I have’t got round to that yet. But the ongoing renovations for the coming year plans gave me no choice. I think the Universe is pushing me forward. Anything is better than not.
I was told on Thursday to clear that cupboard as the guys were coming on Friday to fit new cupboard. I spent all Thursday evening emptying it out. All Friday they removed and rebuilt the cupboard. Today I spent all day shredding and discarding boxes, photos, mementoes that no longer have space in my life – I wasn’t going to just put everything back!
The other book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning gives a perspective on why we should do it. Basically, do your clearing out instead of letting someone else do it. Its not kind to others. Live with the memories, not things. You can’t take things with you.
I have reached a stage in my life where I have no need to look back. Have done what I did for 25 years in the corporate world. All those things in that cupboard are full of the past. I don’t need to save all the things I had done when I was working in the corporate world.
By decluttering, I feel freer and have room to be more creative. I can see the colour charts and I can see space.
I am loving this process. It does take up a lot of time. All of today was shredding, selecting and discarding. By no means done – still have Sunday to finish off but I sure did find some interesting things.
And then I found this – not proud of this at all. 🙁
Tomorrow, Sunday, I plan to be done as much as I can and then start clearing out the wardrobes. By next weekend I should feel a lot freer! Lighter! Happier!