My year of less is more: Decluttering is NOT ...
|Ahh - I feel organised just looking at this|
Hold on. Stop - STOP … Do NOT go to the shops to help you declutter. Don't buy more stuff to help you get sorted. You're meant to be getting rid of stuff. And those containers = more STUFF!!!!
Storage containers help hide and tidy up stuff. But they don't actually help declutter. By storing my things I'm just hiding the clutter. Sure it's not cluttering up my lounge room anymore, but it's still in my life and I still own it and will have to work out what to do with it at some point in time. I'm actually just deferring a decluttering decision to another day. It might be another day in many years to come, but it still has to happen (or someone else will have to do it for me after I've left this world, which is exhausting and tiring for them to cope with).
Decluttering is NOT reorganising what I already have. Remember: the aim is to downsize/reduce/ remove the stuff and to live with less.
I think it takes baby steps. Just a bit of stuff at a time. And while I'm working at it, I'm not visiting any storage shops with their promises of clean lines and organisation. I'm convinced that the only way to get there is to actually have less stuff. And if you don't have anything to put your stuff in, well, it's a lot more motivating to get rid of it.