I have been reading quite some minimalism/essentialism blogs lately and that combined with my annoyance about “all the stuff” made me realize something has to change. Also, after more than a month living out of a suitcase this summer, I realized that we don´t need that much and that with probably less than 1/10 of my clothes I was perfectly fine. In addition, a lot of mornings I start my day in a rush / stressed because there´s still stuff in the kitchen from last night, toys and clothes everywhere, and a table full of papers/notebooks etc. All that stuff just makes my head overflow. It sounds so basic but my head is so much calmer when the table in the living is clear, the kitchen is cleaned up and there´s no stuff all over the place when I wake up in the morning. So time for a change!
In addition, obviously, I have a good reason to start decluttering because a room had to be emptied and become a baby room so perfect opportunity to start this journey. Let me start by saying that I am a complete newbie, I have always been good with organizing but I am far from a declutter expert or a minimalist. FAR.FROM. So all of this is completely new for me and I am excited to share my declutter challenge from scratch. I will be sharing my journey here probably on a weekly basis (no guarantees because –>life..) and this is by no means an expert opinion/advice, just a rookie trying to get her hot mess mom life in order :).
I am pretty good at throwing stuff away but I have a harder time with things that have a sentimental value / bring back a lot of memories. So that is probably where my challenge will be.
I have set-up 3 criteria to evaluate ALL THE STUFF in our place:
- Do we use it?
- Do we need it?
- Does it have sentimental value?
In theory, if the answer to #1 is no then it should probably go but hey, it´s probably not that simple. For now, I have started with the study which will be converted to a nursery soon and my current challenge is going through all our books. Both of us, love to read so we have a lot of these and the simple solution would probably have been to box them all up and wait for their new place, however, I am taking a little more challenging road because stuff needs to go! So I am dividing them into 3 different piles:
- Books we really want to keep –> they are being boxed for now until we have a new study/book shelf
- Books we have read once and probably won´t read again or books that were gifted to us and we haven´t read yet (and probably won´t) –> go away pile, for giving away to friends / donating
- Books that can be digitalized –> this requires a small inversion but it will save up a lot of space, for books that we will read again / really like and won´t need the actual hardcover (because as a bookworm I need some books in their actual book form, shape and smell, yep call me a nerd but that´s how it works here) I am looking into getting a digital version so we can have them on our iPads.
Currently, the study looks like it has exploded but A LOT of books have left the house already so as for decluttering/freeing up space it is definitely working!