Decluttering is the process of getting rid of items that are no longer needed or wanted in order to create a more organized and simplified living space. It can be a great way to reduce stress and increase productivity by eliminating the physical and mental clutter that accumulates in our daily lives. Decluttering can also help save time and money by making it easier to find the things we need and avoid buying duplicate items. It can be a challenging process, but with the right mindset and strategies, anyone can successfully declutter their home and enjoy the benefits of a more streamlined and peaceful living environment.
Spring is that time of the year when we change our wardrobe from winter sweaters to summer blouses. It’s time for decluttering, to get rid of things that we do not use anymore.
However, what is the purpose of decluttering if we substitute those things with something else?
Minimalism is a path that will never end; it’s not just a day when you empty your wardrobe,throw away your clothes, and go shopping to fill that void again.
What is Decluttering?
Once you declutter, you feel really satisfied and you have a clear view of what you will wear for the next few days. Then, you walk near a shop, you see a pretty dress, you buy it and next year, when you will declutter again, that dress will probably finish in the rubbish.
There are some rookie mistakes that we do during our decluttering day: practically, we have understood the mission, which is to get rid of what we don’t wear anymore. Theoretically, we still do not understand what is the real meaning of minimalism.
One year ago, we bought a thing (a dress, a pair of shoes, a smartphone, etc.); the following year we do not like it anymore: why? Is it society’s fault? Marketing? Social Media? Or maybe, is It us?
We usually tend to go shopping when we want to fill that void in our life, when we don’t really know how to spend our time, when we are not able to discover our creativity, searching for a hobby or a different activity apart from work.
Hence, the next step after decluttering is to better understand, and be aware of the meaning of minimalism: it is a path and it starts with a wardrobe, and then, it follows with food, beauty staff, furniture, electronic devices, subscriptions, apps, and, finally, the people. Get rid of the superficial and focus on what really matters to us.
Minimalism means giving our space and time to things and people who really matter to us, that bring value to our lives, that align with our thoughts.
When we start to be honest with ourselves, when we start questioning ourselves, we start being aware and awareness is the first step. There are different ways of being aware, you could write down your thoughts and see what happens after that.
Otherwise, there are apps like Meditopia, which helps with meditation sessions to improve our focus.
Last but not least, books: the most powerful means to discover ourselves is going to a bookshop and choose for the right book. Sometimes, it’s the book that chose you. Surely, one of the best books that helped me improve my awareness and my values is “A New Earth” by Echart Tolle.
So, if you’re planning to declutter, please have fun! After, allow yourself to give a little time to look at your wardrobe and reflect: should you refill it again with useless things or should you leave it empty and focus yourself on what matters to you?