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Are you working to clear your living space room by room but finding it difficult to part with the some items? We want to tell you that you are not the only one that has experienced this difficulty. Many times I still have this exact conversation with myself when I come across an item from my daughter’s younger days. Keep in mind that many of us have emotional attachments to our items for many reasons but at the end of the day, you are not your stuff. We are not defined by the home we live in, the car we drive, the work we do, right down to the number of shoes we have in your closet. None of this defines YOU. You are amazing for many reasons none of which have anything to do with your possessions.
Take a moment and consider how you would feel if you lost everything in your home for one reason or another. I’m not wishing this on anyone. What I’m trying to do is to get you to really think about what you would truly miss if something were to happen. I bet you would not miss the towels in the closet, the suitcases in the attic, the bed in the guest room, the many hair accessories and gadgets in the bathroom, the DVD’s piled up in the corner of the family room and the many other items we have in our homes.
What you probably WOULD miss are the items that hold memories for you such as photos, items that were given to you to commemorate special occasions, and maybe your favorite pair of shoes or jeans. The reason you would miss those are because of the events surrounding those things and they hold a special place in your heart. Stuff is just that – stuff. Things can be replaced but you cannot be replaced. You are the important fact in this equation. Memories, however, last forever and those memories are yours.
Now that you have that thought in mind, take another look around your home. You probably see many items you can part with and donate or give to friends. It’s important though that you take your time – you don’t have to empty your home overnight. As you work through your home room by room, take a look at Aly’s list and what she removed from her home when she first started. You can find that list here: Simplify Your Home
Hopefully this post provided you with a completely different view of traveling down the minimalism road and what that means as far as your possessions. Keep in mind that what you feel you need to hang onto today will probably change some time in the future and that’s okay. This journey is YOUR journey. Do it at your comfort level in your time. If you’d like to try the minimalist lifestyle, try our 30 day challenge: 30 Day Challenge – Minimalism Challenge
Light & Love,
For tips on how to begin your decluttering journey, you can Start Here, or snag a copy of the 30 Day Challenge (our Minimalism and Decluttering eBook).