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



  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,011Member Member Posts: 4,011Member Member
    I am ashamed of my hoarding of clothes and now that I've read everyones remarks - it makes me feel less isolated. I began getting rid of stuff about 2 years ago but IT is difficult - because every dress/piece of china etc etc etc., has a memory attached. But YOU are ALL correct - it does weigh you down - and now that I know I'm not alone in my tendancy to clutter, I will push forward faster and more quickly than I have been doing. Thank you all for the insight.

    W <3 W How very powerful and encouraging you are. Thank you ever so VERY much for posting this, you've inspired me something terrific and it makes me smile from ear to ear, knowing we're so NOT alone and getting stronger and stronger more and more each day. You ROCK, period. What you've contributed here is hugely motivating to/for me--BAM! <3 o:) <3
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,011Member Member Posts: 4,011Member Member
    Piqueaboo wrote: »
    I absolutely relate to what you've gone through. I don't know when I started downsizing, but it probably does match right around the time I started taking weightloss seriously.

    I don’t recall what exactly triggered it, but 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 (she has 3-5 of everything, including 7 calendars hanging on the wall) and her behavious has been so engrained in my mind that I just saw a flash-forward of my life, and a visit of a friend who exclaimed “you have so much stuff!” – I needed to make a change, and quick!

    The first thing I did was switch to a capsule wardrobe – something I still do today and I absolutely love it. It takes the pressure off how to dress, to shop all the time, and almost completely eliminates “fast fashion”. I now know exactly what I need, the colours and cuts that suit me, and I don’t have anything more than once – each piece is an item of clothing that I love. For the new year I’m taking it a step further and will only buy second hand.

    Next was my “stuff”. So much stuff! I was pretty consequent and got rid of everything and anything I was not using. You know those Ikea bags? I think at one point I was bringing 1-2 a week to my local charity shop. And I’m so glad for it, because the secret to happiness really is giving and helping others. I noticed a huge boost in how I felt in general, because I was rejoicing for the people who would be getting my old coats and sweaters just before winter really hit. Giving all this makeup I never use to friends of mine, and seeing their faces light up with joy – priceless!

    Having all this space triggered something I didn’t see coming, either, and that’s remembering the things I used to love doing. Having space and peace of mind reminded me how much I loved reading, so I started doing that again. Since July I read 28 books, and I cannot stress how happy that has made me. I also now have space and time to do the things I’ve always wanted to try, like writing letters and cross stitching (I do a rude cross stitch, it’s so much fun!).

    So yes, you might be on to something with the weight loss and minimalism coming at the same time, I’m really intrigued with the idea!

    I started to highlight the most important things (for/to me) you've written here, but had to STOP, because everything single thing you've written/shared here is so profound, so REAL and sooooo helpful--THANK you ever so very much for taking the time and care to post here. What you've contributed so...ummmmm, DEEP and thought-provoking and again HELPFUL. W <3 W
    {{{{ Love and Hugs and THANKS once more, so much }}}}}} o:) <3 o:)
    edited December 2017
  • OrphiaOrphia Posts: 6,877Member Member Posts: 6,877Member Member
    Steff46 wrote: »
    I have donated boxes and boxes of my items this year (clothes, books, dishes, jewelry, etc.). I still have two things that hold me back on keeping my home decluttered.
    One, I'm really bad about going through a box of things and only getting rid of half of it then putting the box back in the same I really didn't get that box of stuff gone:( I'm working on this.
    Two, my other half is a clutter bug. We don't use our dinning room table anymore due to his mountain of stuff. We have two other bedrooms with his "stuff". He isn't to the point of being a hoarder but I give up. I used to go behind him and put stuff in it's place and then he claims he can't find anything and I just stopped being his maid. Don't get me wrong, I'm not on here bashing him I just can't figure out how to motivate him to keep his areas neater.

    @Steff46 Can your cleaning of your shared areas still help? Try to focus on your own space for now. With the boxes, once you've tackled a lot of boxes, start a plan where you take two boxes, and turn them into one box of stuff. Just an idea. Warmest regards. x
    edited December 2017
  • PiqueabooPiqueaboo Posts: 858Member Member Posts: 858Member Member
    I watched another TED talk on decluttering and am inspired to do another sweep of the apartment now, when 2018 starts. Especially in light of moving to another city soon I want to have as few things as I can to make my life easier!
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,011Member Member Posts: 4,011Member Member
    beerfoamy wrote: »
    I love decluttering, and a mate made it even easier for me by suggesting that if I was really struggling to get rid of something I had found, to take a picture. I have a collage now of all my important memories from 'junk' and it takes up a document on my computer! W hen house is decluttered fully I am going to get it put onto a canvas or 2 and put them up in what used to be the junk room. Then I can see the things every day which is more than I used to do with the actual objects :D

    Say what???!!!!???? "Take pictures of the "junk"?????? W <3 W and super duper BOOM!!!! Who'd thunk that--seriously, who'd da THUNK IT????? Man, this is like I just hit the decluttering lottery or something--YAY!!!!

    {{{{ Big ole Hugs and the HIGHEST of fives to you beerfoamy }}}}}}. I have a huge perfume collection that the greater majority of which I've rarely if ever use(d). This has been the last "bastion" of excess stuff I have left from my decluttering odyssey/combat/adventure/quest/goal(s). Although the collection looks absolutely lovely--just gorgeous, it's simply tooooooo much >:) and it's been almost impossible for me to even think about parting with the majority of it, let alone some of it. Thanks to YOU, you fabulous person you, I can simply take pics of it and get rid of the greater majority of my dear collection--without so much as a whimper, eye-roll nor any such thing AT ALL--because it's just too much and I'm OVER living in/with excess in my life (inside/fat and outside too much "stuff").

    Girl, seriously, mere words can NOT express how much I appreciate you posting here. You've really contributed something outstanding and mega helpful to me/us. Taking pictures of the beloved "stuff".....BAM!!!! That's the ticket, period.

    {{{{{ <3 Hugs and THANK you again and again~BOOM!!!! <3 }}}}}}

    P.S. WOW...I LOVE this idea so much, so utterly simple and yet sooooo powerful, effective and with joy unspeakable, DOABLE--YAY! o:) <3 o:)
    edited January 2018
  • joy4strengthjoy4strength Posts: 22Member Member Posts: 22Member Member
    I don't know how to "quote". But to comment on taking pictures of your mementos. I do this with my grandchildren's "art". I actually see it more since it is on my phone/computer and not in a box somewhere.
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,011Member Member Posts: 4,011Member Member
    ereck44 wrote: »
    Has anyone ever seen George Carlin's stand-up about owning houses just to store our "stuff"? I love this thread. I need to get rid of my stuff too. I have too much and it is so hard to let go.

    Wow..."owning houses to store our stuff"--that's funny and deep at the same time! Ya know how as we are downsizing our bodies is making us look and feel sooooo much better? Well, believe me, getting rid of our excess junk ( thinking about the ole saying of "one person's "treasures" is another person's trash/junk"), ummm, "stuff" is just as amazing and satisfying as losing weight. I can't tell you how most excellent it is to no longer be "looking for keys, looking for the garlic powder, looking for my jacket, looking for other slipper, looking for (fill in the blank). Once you get started, it's sooooooo wonderful to have a place for everything and everything in it's place. No longer living in clutter (no matter how small) because living in/with excess stuff and clutter and mess is and can be so stifling and irritating. Living with less "stuff" is so much more calming and cozy and makes life so much easier and better quite frankly. Now when I'm talking about getting rid of excess stuff--I'm NOT talking about "perfection" or mania (ya know the dreaded "obessive/compulsive slavery type of thinking, doing and being) I'm referring to the type of decluttering and simplifying our homes and our living, just to be making our environments more simplified, more beautiful and just plan cool!

    Thanks so much for posting!!!! <3 o:) <3
    edited January 2018
  • OrphiaOrphia Posts: 6,877Member Member Posts: 6,877Member Member
    The idea of taking photos of collections (such as perfume and artwork) is a brilliant one!

  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 4,011Member Member Posts: 4,011Member Member
    Sherbog wrote: »
    When friends walk into my house they ask if I have it staged for selling. Am I moving in or moving out. LOL For several years now I have tried to minimize. Mostly as a gift to my two children so they have less work in case I should take a journey of no return. :) (Sounds better than die!) I also rid myself of toxic people who either were great enablers or sabotaged my diet plan. Surrounding myself with a weight group of people (TOPS) sure helps!

    When people ask me out to lunch I suggest a walk or morning coffee meet up. I tell them I am addicted to food and if they would not mind I would rather walk and talk.

    Your post just encouraged AND inspires me something terrific and makes me smile from ear to ear--you ROCK, period. Thank you ever so VERY much for posting!!!! <3 o:) <3
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