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Keeping Like With Like

Decluttering: keeping like with like

Paring back your possessions and living with less is most often a slow process. It takes mental adjustment along with the investment of time and energy to let go of things, and a way of life, that you have taken for granted for many years.

One of the things that can help you as you make this adjustment is the principle of keeping like with like. Keeping like with like was instrumental in helping me to finally organise my endless mess. It also made it easier to declutter because I could see just how much of each thing I had.

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Decluttering: Get Rid Of The Easy Things First

Decluttering - get rid of the easy things first

When you first start decluttering, what’s the first thing you should do?

You’re standing at the bottom of a mountain of stuff, and you know things have to change. You can feel the fire in your heart for a cleaner, clearer path forward. But you’re worried. Because the job just seems enormous.

How can you start, and make your start a success? So that several hours later you aren’t sitting in an explosion of your own things, conflicted over how many pencil sharpeners you need to keep, while on the floor around you is a flood of stuff that you can’t seem to find a home for?

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Decluttering Is A Habit Not A Goal

Decluttering is a habit not a goal

When I made the decision to declutter my house, it was a big goal. I imagined that when I had finished, everything would be wonderful. In reality it turned out to be a long time before I learnt that actually, decluttering is habit.

Unexperienced in keeping things to a minimum, I assumed that one great purge in every room would leave me with the clear and calm environment I craved. Decluttering commenced with a huge amount of passion and motivation, fuelled by a vision of how life would be when it was done. I sorted through every drawer, every cupboard, and tackled every surface.

It took months, and I learned some important lessons. Like how decluttering sometimes makes more mess than the clutter in the first place. And that getting the sorted clutter out of the house requires a lot of work. I also learnt that decision fatigue sets in after an hour or two. All-day sessions are not as productive as short intense bursts.

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10 Ways Life Is Easier With Less Stuff

10 ways life is easier with less stuff

Some of the very cool side effects of owning a whole lot less stuff!

1. Finding things is easier

When surfaces and floors are clear, and things that belong together are kept together, losing your passport, your keys or other important items rarely happens.

2. Keeping things tidy takes less effort

There is less stuff to get in a mess in the first place and the things you do have are all easily put away. Getting something out is easier because you don’t have to shift a mountain of other things out out of the way to get to what you need.

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Decluttering Time Not Space

Decluttering time not space

When I first started decluttering and sorting through everything I owned, I was a traditional hoarder. A lot of my stuff was easy to get rid of because I had a tendency to save things that might be useful – like old magazines, storage boxes, and old towels and clothes. The appreciation that decluttering time was just as important as decluttering space was a long way off.

In the beginning, clearing things out was easy and I made great progress.

But eventually, I got stuck.

I still had a lot of stuff – more stuff than I wanted – but I didn’t seem to be able to pare it down any further.

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