I guarantee that there are at least 10 things in your home right now that you could discard, that you don’t use, you don’t like or has been sat in a cupboard for so long you’d forgotten you had and you’ve not even missed it.
Why are you hoarding these things? Are they making you happy? When you look at your bookcase full of books you’ve already read or will never read, does it fill you with joy or does it stress you out because you don’t have time to read all of those wonderful books?
Imagine all the time you can free up by getting rid of all that stuff that collects dust and creates extra cleaning.
Here’s a list of things that you really do not need in your home;
- Candles and incense you will never burn.
- Books you’ll never read.
- 12 sets of bedding (unless you happen to have a rather large family)
- Jewellery you’ve never worn and never will.
- Recipe books you never use.
- Phone chargers for phones you got rid of 3 years ago.
- Magazines that have been covering your coffee table for months.
- A drawer full of junk in your kitchen.
- Bathroom cupboards full of half empty cremes, lotions and un-opened bath sets.
- Scraggly towels that no longer serve a purpose.
I could go on and on, forever!
Really look around your rooms.
Stand in the middle of the room and pay attention to what you have there. Take a few minutes, there will be things in that room that you have forgotten you even had, it stands to reason that you do not need or want that thing.
We do honestly accumulate so much crap. As harsh as I am on myself with getting rid of things, I do absentmindedly bring unwanted things in to the house. I attended an event on Sunday and I found myself being handed leaflets and pieces of paper, which I happily accepted and then carried all the way home. They ended up going in to my recycling bin to be honest and although I do feel guilty for doing this, when someone put time and effort in to making that leaflet, it was my own fault for taking it in the first place!
This happens to me quite often, especially when I’m in a store like Pound-stretcher or Home Bargains. They have all of these amazing things on offer that I need to buy! They have potato planters, mini greenhouses, those swirly wind things that spin. They have solar powered frog lights and little glass jars with straws in them ♥
I do not need any of those things, yet my brain seems to make the assumption that I do. This is where you need your will power. If it takes you longer than 30 seconds to decide whether or not you need that 12 level cat scratching post when you don’t even own a cat, then you don’t need it.
You need to be ruthless and mindful.
Mindful of the things you are sticking in to your shopping basket and super ruthless when you’re deciding if it is absolutely necessary that you buy this item. It might be helpful for you to adopt the ‘one in, one out’ rule.
If you see a beautiful bookcase or a lamp that you feel needs to be in your life then are you willing to give up an item of similar size and dominance that is already in your home?
Fill your life with experiences and adventures. Not stuff ∞
Just remember, less stuff means less tidying, less organising, less cleaning and ultimately less stress!
Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂
Be happy and keep smiling 😀