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Let it GO! Decluttering (simplifying) your life of (people, places or things) success stories?

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  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 3,247Member Member Posts: 3,247Member Member
    ladyreva78 wrote: »
    ladyreva78 wrote: »
    I started to radically clean up my life 2 years ago.

    - first I got rid of all those books I was never going to read again. (That's a good 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down). Because, let's get honest, they were just collecting dust on my shelves, in my closet, under my bed, piled up against the wall. Pretty much in any free space there were books. I was feeling guilty for neglecting them so badly. So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those pretty clothes from when I was slim and thin. (that's another 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down.) Because, let's get honest, they were just getting moldy in boxes and in the back of my closet. Pretty much in any free space not taken up by books. I was feeling guilty for having failed so badly at taking care of myself that I was 50kg overweight from when I fit into them (a very brief period of my life.) So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those beautiful (and some not so beautiful) collectibles I was given through out my life. (that's another 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down.) Because, let's get honest, they were just collecting dust and chiding me for not honoring them better. Someone went through the trouble of giving them to me, and I considered them more as interlopers that had no place in my life. I was feeling guilty for not loving them better. So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those fantasy mes that were never going to be me. (That's a good 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down). Because, let's get honest, I am never going to be a world class seamstress. Or painter. Or Scrapbooker. Or a weekend skier. I was feeling guilty for all those supplies and all that equipment laying around reminding me of the person I thought I wanted to be. So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those toxic relationships that were slowly killing me (That's several times 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down). Because, let's get honest, I was never going to get anything useful out of those. First and foremost my former boss and employer. Blood sucking leeches that were killing my by the gram. I was feeling guilty for not being the person who could deal with all the crap they kept on throwing at me. So I let them go.

    - next (together with those toxic relationships) I got rid of the alcohol (that's 1.5 kg I'm not going to lose. That much more life quality not slipping through my fingers). Because, let's get honest, I do not want to divorce from my liver. I happen to like having it detox my body and metabolize fat and carbs. I was feeling guilty for not taking better care of myself. So I let it go.

    - next I got rid of foods I do not like. (that's another 35 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down.) Because, let's get honest, I wasn't going to eat them for that little rest of forever granted to me, so I was going to fail again and again at losing and maintaining that loss. I thought I had to eat a certain way to be healthy - a way that wasn't keeping my satiated (mentally and physically). I also got rid of excessive serving sizes and every day desserts (Still have that dessert 2-3 times a week now :wink: ). Things that weren't painful to me. I've let them go, and I'm healthier for it. I'm down 35 kg and slowly inching closer to my goal of -50 kg.

    By cleaning up my life and figuring out for myself how I wanted to live my life (not how society wanted me to live my life. Or my parents. Or my siblings. Or my friends. Or all those people I know), I finally found the mental reserves to also take care of my health and lose the weight I need to lose to get my health in order.









    W <3 W Reading your post was like lovely and refreshing stroll thru a super beautiful place filled with wonderful sunshine and fabulous fresh air for/to me! What an eye-opening/thought provoking, delightful and COOL AND FUN post you've shared..I LOVE IT. You've also inspired me to get rid of even more books (that I've already read and won't be reading again--BOOM)!

    Thank you ever so VERY much for taking the time and care to reply...YOU ROCK, period. <3 o:) <3

    Thank you :smile:

    I've been keeping a journal logging my 'decluttering process'. On the first page I listed what my goals were and on the following pages I'm documenting my progress. Sometimes, like the post I wrote, I make a summary to myself to see what I have already achieved. It makes the progress seem more real, especially on days when, mentally, I'm not so well. That job I cut out of my life did a number on me and I'm still working on getting myself back to where I want to be.

    My absolute pleasure and THANK you for your major league contribution/input to me and this thread. Your post(s) helped me so much and I used to "journal" stuff years ago (before it was called "journaling" like it is called today ). I remember how absolutely therapeutic and enlightening writing/journaling was for me and I do so appreciate your bringing this to my memory (reminding me of this excellent "tool") and I'm looking forward to doing this myself. You're an absolute darling of a person and again, you ROCK!
  • ladyreva78ladyreva78 Posts: 4,030Member Member Posts: 4,030Member Member
    sweetsloth wrote: »
    ladyreva78 wrote: »
    I started to radically clean up my life 2 years ago.

    - first I got rid of all those books I was never going to read again. (That's a good 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down). Because, let's get honest, they were just collecting dust on my shelves, in my closet, under my bed, piled up against the wall. Pretty much in any free space there were books. I was feeling guilty for neglecting them so badly. So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those pretty clothes from when I was slim and thin. (that's another 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down.) Because, let's get honest, they were just getting moldy in boxes and in the back of my closet. Pretty much in any free space not taken up by books. I was feeling guilty for having failed so badly at taking care of myself that I was 50kg overweight from when I fit into them (a very brief period of my life.) So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those beautiful (and some not so beautiful) collectibles I was given through out my life. (that's another 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down.) Because, let's get honest, they were just collecting dust and chiding me for not honoring them better. Someone went through the trouble of giving them to me, and I considered them more as interlopers that had no place in my life. I was feeling guilty for not loving them better. So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those fantasy mes that were never going to be me. (That's a good 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down). Because, let's get honest, I am never going to be a world class seamstress. Or painter. Or Scrapbooker. Or a weekend skier. I was feeling guilty for all those supplies and all that equipment laying around reminding me of the person I thought I wanted to be. So I let them go.

    - next I got rid of all those toxic relationships that were slowly killing me (That's several times 50 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down). Because, let's get honest, I was never going to get anything useful out of those. First and foremost my former boss and employer. Blood sucking leeches that were killing my by the gram. I was feeling guilty for not being the person who could deal with all the crap they kept on throwing at me. So I let them go.

    - next (together with those toxic relationships) I got rid of the alcohol (that's 1.5 kg I'm not going to lose. That much more life quality not slipping through my fingers). Because, let's get honest, I do not want to divorce from my liver. I happen to like having it detox my body and metabolize fat and carbs. I was feeling guilty for not taking better care of myself. So I let it go.

    - next I got rid of foods I do not like. (that's another 35 kg out of my life. That much less weighting me down.) Because, let's get honest, I wasn't going to eat them for that little rest of forever granted to me, so I was going to fail again and again at losing and maintaining that loss. I thought I had to eat a certain way to be healthy - a way that wasn't keeping my satiated (mentally and physically). I also got rid of excessive serving sizes and every day desserts (Still have that dessert 2-3 times a week now :wink: ). Things that weren't painful to me. I've let them go, and I'm healthier for it. I'm down 35 kg and slowly inching closer to my goal of -50 kg.

    By cleaning up my life and figuring out for myself how I wanted to live my life (not how society wanted me to live my life. Or my parents. Or my siblings. Or my friends. Or all those people I know), I finally found the mental reserves to also take care of my health and lose the weight I need to lose to get my health in order.

    If I could awesome this more than once, I would. Inspiring and really enjoyed how you wrote this. Thank you. This was the boost I needed as I've been a super procrastinator.

    Thank you :smile:

    But I'm a bit confused... I thought sloths, no matter how sweet, were born procrastinators :wink:
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 3,247Member Member Posts: 3,247Member Member
    go10More wrote: »
    Thanks for the great ideas! :)

    You are so very welcomed and I too am thanking and so very grateful to/for all those who've replied. Wow, such ideas and encouragement/inspiration/HELP I've been given here~YAY and {{{ <3 Hugs and High Fives <3 }}} to EVERYONE that replied...y'all ROCK, period.
  • New_Atti2udeNew_Atti2ude Posts: 114Member Member Posts: 114Member Member
    Thanks I needed this. Speaks volumes.
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 3,247Member Member Posts: 3,247Member Member
    Yep. All this. I began my foray into minimalism around the same time I started my weight loss journey. Over 110 pounds and many bags of stuff gone.

    WOW! You're looking absolutely terrific! 110lbs forever gone is a HUGE accomplishment, just amazing. YAY YOU and thank you so much for sharing <3 o:) <3
  • canadianlbscanadianlbs Posts: 5,202Member Member Posts: 5,202Member Member
    Piqueaboo wrote: »
    it was a mix of seeing my mother (who has a hoarding problem) sitting in her little kitchen with only a tiny corner of the table that wasn’t covered



    good for you getting a handle on it. my father is living a lot like that, and the bitter part is that he's been a complete minimalist his whole life. the entire x thousand cubic metres of assorted junk belongs to this hoarder 'friend' of his, who just sees his house as 'more free storage for me' and goes full mental at the idea of being asked even a portion of it somewhere else. so he could, like, get into one or two of his own closets for instance.

    i hope your mom finds a way through it. i suspect the house my dad's 'friend' lives in is probably pristine and she herself has all the space she could want, so i can't honestly pretend to have a shred of compassion for her. it's like 'fine, you can be mentally ill, but go do it at the expense of someone who's younger than ninety *kitten* two years old'.

  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,161Member Member Posts: 2,161Member Member
    Orphia wrote: »
    Since April 2015 when I started at MFP, I've lost 80 lbs and kept it off for 20 months. In that time, I've thrown out loads of old crap.

    While I was losing weight, I had the pleasure of "shopping" in my wardrobe for skinnier clothes that fit me again.

    I now fit all my favourite skinny clothes, and I've thrown out all my fat clothes. So many bags of clothes donated to the op shop!

    I've also done a lot of spring-cleaning and de-cluttered the whole house, because I've become very active, and much less lazy.

    NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis calorie-burning for the win!)

    I've thrown out loads of books, and worn-out linen, and kitchen crap. The house feels so much nicer to live in.

    I think my decluttering inspired my husband, as he's done a lot himself with his things since I started.

    I love this thread, it's a refreshing topic!

    Oh I wish that would happen in my household :'(
  • dragthewaters1991dragthewaters1991 Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    I have a pile of stuff that I'm trying to declutter and just can't. It's been there for almost a year now. I've given away some of it on Craigslist. But the problem is that most of the time I try to give away something on Craigslist, people flake out on me, like they say they want to come over that day and then never respond again. Originally I didn't want to give away these items to Goodwill because some of them are small (tons of holiday decorations), others are slightly damaged (like a lamp with a broken switch or a metal water bottle with rust inside it), and Goodwill has several huge dumpsters behind the donation center where they throw away a lot of donations. But it's just been hanging around forever and I'm tired of looking at it, plus I need the bin it's stored in for something else. Then I have a huge bookcase I want to donate and I have no idea how I'm going to get rid of that since it can't even fit in our vehicle. It's really frustrating and it makes me feel like I can't make any progress.
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