The value of having *less* is often greater than the value of having *more.* That’s why living minimally can be such an important part of your self-love journey. When you downsize your life, you realize what is important + what you can part with. Along this path, there is self-discovery + unknown strength waiting to be shown.
De-cluttering your life [+ by life we mean ALL of your belongings] opens doors to the future + clears your head like you can never imagine. Practicing organization is great, but sometimes, we are simply organizing chaos.
You might be wondering — how//why does getting rid of my sentimental items help me in any way? Here’s what we think, from experience —
1] NARROW YOUR FOCUS
The idea of living with less is simple — when there is *excess* + *nonessential* clutter in your life, it’s hard to narrow down what matters most to you. It can get in the way of our goals, or even our happiness, without us even knowing. It’s okay to admit that we can only do one thing at a time really well. Give your all to what’s important instead of what you’re carrying around — this can even boost your confidence.
2] STOP BEING OVERWHELMED
It’s no secret that it’s hard to work at a messy desk — but what happens when your *life* is the messiest, most full desk of all? We seem to be all too comfortable in this feeling of being overwhelmed with our lives — we simply blame it on things like our schedules or relationships. The answer could be in our living space. An organized room is an organized mind!
3] LESSEN YOUR SENSE OF URGENCY
Tons of tabs open. Clothes all over the floor. Trash full of paper plates, sink full of utensils. Two exams next week. A full hamper of laundry [+ a full dryer needing to be put away]. Sometimes, it can always feel like we’re procrastinating something by choosing to do something else on our list — how can that be? How is that fair? When you downsize your life, you make time for your important commitments. The sense of urgency goes away, + it just *flows*.
4] USE IT EVERYDAY
Moving forward from your clean up, you’ll begin to realize that you can do this with even more than you thought you could. Scratch your backup plans + work on your *dream job.* Stop pursuing a romantic relationship if your heart’s not in it. Let go of all the excess.
1] DON’T WAIT
It’s true — there is no right time to begin editing your life. Don’t wait for a perfect time to start — those old tennis shoes aren’t going to suddenly be wearable in a few weeks. Why keep them when you can ditch ‘em now? Little by little is still something + each step feels great. Stop waiting for perfect + just begin.
2] BREAK OFF THE ATTACHMENT
We understand — there are some things that we know we never use//see, but we simply can’t bear to part with. These are often the most liberating things to let go of + are most important for simplification. These items with sentimental value can sometimes carry an unspoken burden that isn’t so obvious. It gets easier + makes you feel strong when you successfully part with them.
3] DITCH THE DISTRACTIONS
Limit your social media focus. While socials help us stay in touch, entertain us + even pass time when necessary, we often find that they are mostly *distracting* us from our important path. Distractions sometimes come in shiny packages — evaluate your commitments + your time. How are you spending your day? What are you giving your most attention to? Is it positive? If you find that your attention is going to things you aren’t 100% identifying with, cut them out.
4] THE DEETS
When we de-clutter, we can do one big clean sweep — the stuff that doesn’t mean anything is easy [clothes, equipment, kitchen appliances]. Make two bags — *DONATE* + *TOSS* + get to work! However, while each of us have our own unique set of things that are important to us + seem impossible to part with, there are always some common threads. Things like old t-shirts, books you’ve read + CDs you haven’t played in ages can always be left behind. Books + CDs can now be downloaded when you’re feeling nostalgic, + just keep your one favorite high school sweatshirt for when you’re reminiscing. Anything you haven’t looked at//shared in a while won’t be needed. The memory may be enough.
It’s not about leaving things behind or saying no to more — it’s about creating space for what’s most important to yourself + your goals.
+Abigail [@abigail.inchaarg] // UK CHAARG