I started out 2020 wanting to de-clutter my life and get rid of everything I don’t need, and let me tell you, I’m not off to a good start. Instead of getting rid of things, I keep bringing more stuff into the house – you know, Christmas, birthday, and random weekend shopping trips happened and the stuff piles up.
Why do people suddenly get the urge to purge their houses? Simple: moving, lack of space, or truthfully, they are just sick and tired of the clutter. Which category do I fall into? Both moving and sick of the clutter. When you don’t open cabinets, go upstairs, or open closets, our house looks as tidy as can be. If you venture out, I can assure you that it’s not the case. We, just like everyone, are notorious for throwing things in closets or cabinets, claiming we’ll sort through it later, when in reality, we don’t. We have a closet at the bottom of our stairs that’s really just a catch-all…I can’t tell you what’s in there. Last I checked, there were some Aldi bags, an un-used bread maker, and some coats that we haven’t worn all winter.
I don’t know about you, but I start to clean out my closet, get sidetracked and overwhelmed and never finish, leaving a half-sorted closet, which makes me more anxious than I was before. The time has come, and the purge will begin.
We are moving into another area in Charlotte in June and my main reason for de-cluttering our house is because I don’t want to pay movers more money to move stuff that should have been thrown out three years ago. There, I said it, it’s out in the open now. Honestly, I’m also really sick of all the stuff around. We have wedding presents that we haven’t used that I want to, we have more kitchen utensils than I care to count, and I won’t even go into all the clothes I have stored in my office. My goal for the next six months is to truly limit the number of possessions we have.
In this series, I am going to go through each room in our house, pull everything out, and see if I really think we need it. I’m going to start off with four piles – keep, sell, toss, and donate – and will create bins for each to keep myself organized throughout this process. I’m about to head out to Lowe’s and get some black contractor trash bags, because I’m not going to have any mercy on what’s going to go.
I think this is a much-needed life event and hope you enjoy my tips and tricks along the way!