Since the arrival of our daughter almost 3 years ago, I've been on a mission to de-clutter our home and free ourselves once and for all from all the things that stress me out.... Clutter, mess, stress, endless 'to do' lists, etc. I'm a firm believer that your home should be a place to enjoy but when I began my maternity leave and started spending real, proper time at home.... I constantly felt anxious. There was always something to clean, sort out or tidy. Things had to change!
I'm just about 3 years into this journey now. I feel like it is such a slow journey, painfully slow even. But I wanted to ensure that I found homes for every single item without actually throwing anything away. The newfound thrill of clearing space and making money from our old items though (either for myself or charity) is just as good as the thrill of finding a bargain whilst out shopping, something I used to love doing so much!
When I first started this journey, people were incredibly interested but always noted 'it won't last', 'you'll regret getting rid of certain things' and 'don't go too minimalist, you won't like it. It's just not you.'
But you know what? Recently I sold Miss E's ridiculously expensive pram. I sold my prized vintage bedding collection. I even sold my wedding dress. I've shredded piles and piles and boxes full of paperwork. I've downsized my music collection too. And each time I let go of something, it feels so good. I regret nothing so far. It's a kind of freedom that I can't yet quite put my finger on. To let go of things that no longer add value in my life. To make space for the things that matter. What's not to love?!
So, I just wanted to stick this little update in here to make a note that this journey continues!
I currently have boxes piled up in the attic filled up and ready for our next car boot sale. I've also just finished a huge eBay selling spree selling off all kinds of items. It is insane what you can actually sell on there and my most recent lot has given me a real boost of motivation to keep going.
By the end of the year my goal is to clear out our attic room and be completely clutter free in there. It is currently my eBay/charity shop/car boot sale sorting room/office. I want it to be a proper third bedroom and playroom for kiddo.
Ok, 2nd half of 2016.... let's do this!