A lot of things happen to you when a parent dies.
You may find yourself dealing with their lifetime accumulation of possessions which can give you unexpected insights into your parent’s life. As we are cleaning out Doug’s dad’s house, I keep asking myself –
What the heck was he keeping all this junk around for? And I’m realizing that if someone had to clean out my house, they would be asking the same question about me.
Major Motivator! I’m going to ride this revelation. I’ve been intending to declutter my life for many years, but it never gets to the top of my to do list. I skate around on a thin layer of the things I’m using right now, but under them are many objects that no longer have a purpose for me.
This month – as soon as I finish grading my student’s Communications Technology 2110 portfolios, and get three writing assignments with due dates in the next two weeks done … (I know! I know! It sounds like the same old thing – hopefully it’s not.)
Some people dream of a vacation on an island.
I dream of living in a house stripped down to truly meaningful possessions.
Here are 5 declutter gurus that I am turning to for inspiration:
As you might imagine with a name like zenhabits, this sight is about simple, meaningful living. There are many useful posts to be found here, but you might want to start with this one. This describes what a minimalist home can look like, digs right into the how to and concludes with “Sit back, relax and enjoy.”
I learned about this site in a newspaper article a few years ago. The graphics on this website are atrocious but the advice is very sound. This is a program on creating new habits and doing it in realistic steps. Her zone cleaning system transformed my housekeeping.
She advises decluttering 15 minutes a day and has 5 great tools that make it easy.
Of course the proactive way to declutter is DON’T get it in the first place. That could be the topic of another post or even an entire blog. But a simple place to start don’t-get-it-in-the-first-place is your closet.
Being a freelancer, this caught my eye, but it applies to anyone who has a home office. Having organized paper work is one of the ways to a decluttered life that really works.
100 is a lot of ways. Some of these are sure to hit your personal bull’s eye and give you traction you need to get started. Miss Minimalist takes the concept of simplicity far past housekeeping. Once you start to declutter – why stop with your rooms? Go further and declutter your attitudes. Imagine having an uncluttered mind.
So how do you deal with possessions that seem to spontaneously generate in the corners?
Do you have a website that has helped you? Do you have a favorite technique to keep clutter at bay? I’m all ears.
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