While I had plans to work in the yard today, I ended up getting sidetracked and started giving the sun room a good cleaning and purging. It's amazing how I continue to get rid of stuff!
How much more is there?
Decluttering is a lot like peeling an onion. You do it in layers.
When you first begin to declutter, you are not yet ready to get rid of everything. You let go of some things, but it's really not enough. Soon, you are bringing more things into the house and the space you had created is filled back up.
It becomes a cycle.
Finally, one day, you will get to the point where you are ready to gain control of your life and tackle the chaos. You mean business this time!
You declutter and it feels wonderful! You feel like you can breathe a little easier. You are loving the newly created space in your home.
With each pass through your home, you become a little more ruthless in clutter-clearing. Your husband and children start worrying that nothing will be left!
Clear the clutter anyway!
For the record, I do not throw out my family's things! I encourage them to go through their own things and get rid of anything they don't like, use, or need. If it's broken or doesn't fit, it must go.
After a while, do not be surprised if you're desire to buy things is greatly diminished, if not eliminated. I no longer buy wants because I know in a few months it'll end up in the donation pile. I would much rather spend my money on items I need that are also useful and beautiful.
Now I, by no means, have it all together! I still have clutter I am clearing, but life is getting easier. I am loving the simplicity and that makes me very happy!
Is clearing clutter a challenge for you?