How much do you need to get rid of?
As I said, I’ve tried this decluttering lark (many, many times) before. No matter how hard I try and how organised a person I am, things keep spawning themselves in the night, spilling back out and causing my daily swear quotient to go through the roof. How much do I need to get rid of? I’ve decided on 80%.
Yes that’s right, me, the vintage collector, has decided to purge my life of 80% of the stuff in it, and I’m already well along.
Well this is the question that I believe it pays to ask yourself; not in a hurry, but really contemplate this. How happy does this stuff make me? Does it complete me?
You know what I found out? When I started thinking about what I’d actually really and truly give a damn about if my house was on fire, the answer was very little. Very little that could not be replaced. And far too much that wasn’t earning its keep. Even much of the stuff that is important to me hasn’t been kept in a smart way or a way that I could get to it in a hurry. This is all changing.
Where to start
Most advice I’ve read says to start small. To start with one box in one room at a time and work your way up. I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work for me. Perhaps you are the type of personality like me that can only make these big changes when they are exactly that; big.
So I suggest starting big. Take a mental flamethrower to the lot and look at your whole entire property. Step back and think about each room, how it is used, how often is it used, and has it’s primary purpose become storage.
Let’s take my studio for example.