For the last three months, I have come to the conclusion that there are things in our home we do not need. It’s been freeing to give myself permission to let go of these unnecessary things and to embrace the idea…

“If I don’t use it or it doesn’t bring me joy, I’m not keeping it.”

I thrive in an organized environment. Not over-organized, but organized. To me, there’s nothing like walking into a clean, clutter-free room! It brings me joy and helps me be productive.

–A decluttered environment = A decluttered mind.–

decluttered environment

I committed to a friend recently that I was going to go through our home, room by room to completely declutter our home. One step at a time. I began by going through our plastic storage container cupboard and tossed out those that don’t have coordinating lids. I then went through the next cupboard, then the next. I’ve moved on to our kitchen drawers. To our pantry. And now my next step is to tackle the two “junk drawers.” Our beloved junk drawers… the home for pencils, pens, rubber bands, batteries, chip clips, and a hodgepodge of other things. Do you have one of these too? (Does our family really need a junk drawer, let alone two???)

–A junk drawer does not bring me joy.–

junk drawer

I’ll soon be done with the kitchen and will move on to the laundry room, then the rest of the house. Little by little. Step by step. I imagine the hardest room will be my closet. But by the time I get there, I’ll be on such a roll, I hope to be ready to part with the clothing I think I’m attached to.

Do you have things in your home you don’t use or don’t bring you joy? If you’re interested in joining the decluttering movement, start small. Start with a drawer or cupboard. Do a little at a time, and you’ll soon find you are feeling freer as you go! Don’t plan on doing it all in a weekend, as you’ll most likely burn yourself out. But you could plan on doing a little each day or every other day. Clutter didn’t happen overnight. We shouldn’t expect to remove it overnight either.

Continue to ask yourself, “Do I currently use this item?” “Does this bring me joy?” If the answer is no to either question, consider saying goodbye to it or finding another home for it.

I’d love to hear your ideas on decluttering, what works for you, and what you plan to do if you join me in saying goodbye to the junk drawer! (Smile.)

Julie

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