For the last few years, I’ve been on a mission to simplify my life and declutter my home. I wrote a little about this in a past post of mine called Creating Quiet…about clearing out the unimportant, whether it’s activities or clutter, and focusing on what’s really important. I’ve made good progress, although I still have a ways to go!
Decluttering and simplifying are definitely easier when you know others who have the same goal. I have some friends and co-workers who are also on the journey toward clutter-free living. We encourage each other by sharing tips and books to keep ourselves motivated.
The most recent book I’ve read on the subject is called Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp (thanks to Jami for letting me borrow this!). Published in 2015, it’s not a new book, but it’s a very good one. I was kind of experiencing a lull in my decluttering efforts, and reading this book got me motivated and back on track. In fact, every time I read a few chapters, I thought of more things I didn’t really need and could give away or donate.
I jotted down some thoughts I liked from this book to share with you. Maybe some of these words will motivate you to do a little decluttering yourself!
When we spend all of our time working to acquire clutter, organizing clutter, and then working to pay for bigger houses to house all that clutter, it steals us away from the relationships in our lives. Clutter keeps us from connecting with those we love.
The best organizing tip: own less stuff.
When your home is more open [less cluttered], you are more willing to open your home to others.
When decluttering, ask: Do I currently use it? Do I really love it? Would I buy it again?
Get rid of clutter and make room for the things you value.
The easiest time to say no to clutter is at the store. The hardest…is once it’s crossed the threshold of your front door.
Clutter keeps talking to us, weighing us down, and keeping us from living the life we were designed to live.
Scale down to only what you need, and then add a bit of what you love.
When we surround ourselves with less stuff, we can have more of the things that matter: His [God’s] presence, peace, contentment, and joy.
With all the decluttering I’ve done so far, I can definitely say that I’ve never missed anything I’ve given away or donated! It really is freeing to get rid of things you don’t really need. And I love the lighter, more open feeling my rooms have when there’s less “stuff.” Are you on a journey of decluttering too?