I have spent many dollars on buying organizational books, listened to hours of lectures from friends and up until now, I just wasn't able to bite the bullet and really get rid of all my extremely useful, but largely unused belongings. Now, however, I have emptied bags of clothes and shoes out of my walk-in-wardrobe, that was no longer a walk-in-wardrobe as there were so many things in there, I had to climb over the piles to find anything. It has been about 4 weeks now, and admittedly there is a pile of stuff to go to be re-homed, which I still haven't got around to taking away, but I am proud to announce that I only took back 6 things from that pile, and I haven't been out shopping to replace anything. This is a major breakthrough for me.
To continue on this theme of de-cluttering, I have just had the living areas of my house re-painted and during this process I have decided that I have too much furniture, homewares and decorator items. I do not like the minimalist look but I really can't stand all that excess clutter anymore. I am sick of buying extra furniture to accommodate all my things, so now I am down sizing, yippee. I feel fantastic for it. I used to feel horrible after I had de-cluttered, now I feel liberated! I couldn't understand why my friends could happily throw out things that they hadn't used for a year. I always thought, what if I need it next year. I probably will want it next year, but I don't care any more. There will be a lot of people out there benefitting from my de-cluttering. I have already had friends over to take what they like out of the pile, and the rest will go to charity. I am now about to go through all the junk stored in a display cabinet that has been filled to the brim for years. Most of the things in there have been used once or twice and the rest I do use but they really shouldn't be in that cabinet. This is another piece of furniture that is going through the deneiling process. I have had this cabinet for about 10 years now, and it is time for it to go. Hopefully I will find a loving home for it in someone else's home.
I still have to brace myself to tackle my ensuite. That is a huge task, however I have refrained from buying any new makeup or cleansers etc for 3 months now, a miracle for me. I have been using up all the things that I have, including samples, that are still ok. I am not only de-cluttering I am saving myself serious amounts of dollars. Why oh why has it taken this long to see the light? Now the question is, how far can I go???????