Our homes are meant for us to live in… to do life in. They are meant to be filled with things that help us to live and things that make us happy while we are living there. Our homes are not meant to be a storage unit... filled with boxes or piles of things that you don’t actually use.
Take a moment to reflect on your home... are you using it the way you want to? If it feels more like a storage unit, it may be time to reassess and declutter.
There are many reasons that we may be storing unused items in our homes. We may feel financial pressure to keep anything that we spent money on. We may feel guilt to keep gifts and inherited objects because they were passed down to us. We may feel fear about the future and want to be prepared for any number of possible scenarios (“I might need this” or “I might be able to use this”). We may be holding on to the past, clutching at items and memories we are scared to lose or hobbies and activities that we used to be a part of.
Physical decluttering is really an emotional and mental activity. It requires reflecting on our feelings and our “whys”. Why are we keeping certain items? What is their purpose? How do we feel about the items? What do we want our home to be used for? How do we want our home to look and feel?
This can be a challenging process. It’s not always easy to look back or to look inwards. However, if you are truly interested in making long term changes in your home, this is a necessary step. And, you can do it! Sometimes it takes a little extra support from friends, a therapist, or a professional organizing coach (like me!). If you’re looking for support as you journey towards your ideal home, please feel free to reach out if you would like someone to walk alongside you.
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!