In 2014 I started taking photos of some my purge piles throughout the year of the stuff I donated to our local thrift store. When I began sharing these pictures on Instagram many people commented that they found these pictures to be motivating for their own decluttering efforts. This is a picture collage I created of some of my 2014 declutter piles.
I then kept the picture taking tradition going by taking pictures of my 2015 purge piles. Here it is:
Whoa! That’s a lot of stuff leaving my house! But here’s the thing. All that stuff didn’t leave my house all at one time. Gosh can you imagine how overwhelming that would have been. Not only to have to find the time needed to declutter all that stuff at once but just the stress involved in having all that clutter piled up in my home while I tried to do life around it. Yikes!
Clutter + lack of time + stress = overwhelmed and chaotic
Instead, as most of you know, I do myself a favor and declutter all year long. Don’t wait until garage sale season or spring cleaning time to start your purging. Don’t wait until you are so overwhelmed and confused about the piles scattered about. Start now.
Some of you may be wondering why I have so much stuff to declutter in the first place. Well I have three kids and their sizes, interests and needs change throughout the year as do mine and my husbands. I don’t live in a bubble nor am I minimalist. Life happens and changes. And let’s face it, I love to shop so there’s that :)
We have to keep up or be buried in stuff we no longer need or love or use OR have the room to store.
I routinely make decisions about our belongings and am constantly evaluating whether or not these items are serving my family any longer. Clutter also happens when we bring things into our homes without sending something out. So as I buy new things, I try and send the same number of items out.
I toss things into my donation station (kept in my linen closet) on a regular basis and when it’s full I haul it off to the thrift store. I don’t choose to save all of that stuff up for a garage sale once a year as I just don’t have any rooms I want to lose as living space to turn into a storage locker to house it all. Plus our thrift store donates all profits to our local hospital to buy much needed equipment so it makes me feel good to know that I’m contributing to my community in this way. Here’s my contributions so far for 2016:
And tomorrow’s pile – clothes, kitchen stuff, books and other random things
Don’t let your stuff own you or rule your roost. Take back your sanity and eliminate the stress that comes with TOO MUCH STUFF.
Make regular declutter sessions something everyone in your family participates in. Take a picture of each those purge piles and I promise you at the end of the year, you’ll look back at your piles and be so grateful it’s not still all piled up around you. Plus it really gets addicting, eventually you’ll just be delighted in tossing things out :)
Now go declutter something, you know you want too!! :)
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