It seems that the larger our homes get, the more STUFF we accumulate. We feel the need to fill the spaces with pretty furniture and decorative touches. And, if you have kids, their STUFF gets a room or two, until it slowly takes over...Every. Crevice. Of. The. Entire. House!
Oh, no judging people! I know many parents can relate.
Kids or no kids, life happens. We buy STUFF we like. We inherit STUFF from loved ones. We hold on to STUFF for a multitude of reasons. And, because we're busier than ever, our STUFF gets put in the basement or in storage facilities. (Oh, and let's not even broach the topic of our digital storage. Holy Moly... I just can't...)
I embarked on a cleaning journey last weekend. It was a long weekend and I wanted to clear out some STUFF that I was tired of looking at. The journey continued in full force today. The entire family was on a mission. Time felt like it stood still for us. It was beautiful. We cleaned and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more. And even though some parts of my house look like a bomb went off, other parts are pristine and organized and clear of things that we no longer need or want.
Oh, the joy...
The goal is for me to walk into my home and have a place for everything. An actual, defined space for stinkin' thing. Not just space for me to just put my things, set them down, or stash them because company is coming into town. No. Actual space for things I love and want to keep. While we're not there yet, we're on our way...and I'm uber excited!
There's such power in decluttering. Assessing STUFF to determine if it serves a purpose and/or brings me joy is immensely empowering. I no longer feel like a hostage to the STUFF. I used to hold on to STUFF because I wanted to find the right home for it or sell it for the deserved price. Last week, and especially today, those cares melted away. I want the stuff out of my house now more than I care about who gets it or whether I got a fair price if it was sold.
Decluttering my house is no longer a desire...it's a necessity. I might even feel like I can rule the world when we're finished. ;)
Be open to what comes.