I have had a really busy week last week and am glad to be back writing on the blog. I have been away for a week on some training and have a full week of decluttering and organising next week. All very exciting stuff for Reclaiming Interiors and our Reclaimers!
Last Saturday we held the first decluttering workshop in Ipswich and it is fair to say it was a success. A total of six ladies came along to the event which focus was on ‘Decluttering the kids stuff before Christmas’. We talked about the importance of decluttering, existing fears of decluttering and barriers preventing us from getting started.
It was not surprising to find out that everyone shared similar fears surrounding the subject. Here are the fears we discovered:
- Parting with something and regretting it later on
- Losing memories we have of a significant time or event in our lives
- Not being ready mentally
- Not knowing where to start
I too have experienced all of these fears when I decluttered. I say decluttered because I refer to the one time that made a transformational change for me. In narrowing an entire house down to a suitcase I can honestly say there is only one item I have struggled to part with which I will talk about in another post some other time.
We talked about going on holiday and the weight off our shoulders when we are living out of a suitcase. We get get room to breath, a clearer mind and a feeling of being refreshed and rejuvenated.
What about that feeling of walking through the door and feeling a sense of dread, suddenly confronted with hundreds of to-do jobs, noticing unfinished jobs and the dread of ‘normal’ life setting in again? Sounding all too familiar?
I personally feel that decluttering can give us a new existential meaning. Our thinking process becomes less murky and we gain a new sense of clarity. We are able to focus on the things that really matter to us. I can say that when I decluttered I was in a place in my life where I need a big shake up. I look back at this time of my life as my quarter-life crisis. I had bought my first house, filled it to the brim and using all my brain’s capacity to maintain this state of perfection. I didn’t see it at the time. I wanted and needed to declutter as much as I could to pursue a burning desire to travel.
Every single item in your home has a story. A reason for how it got there. Imagine creating an inventory for your home. A long stock list of every piece in your home. Just take a moment to think about how many items that really looks like? That’s a lot of decisions. It’s no wonder why we struggle thinking about where to start. Make a plan and get started. By making a plan to decluttering we are much more likely to follow through. It is good to set a date and prepare everyone in the home for it. I think a lot of people wait until they feel like it and then decide on impulse to get started.
If you do get going I’d love to see your progress pictures. Use the hashtag #myreclaimedinterior
Have a fab week everyone.
Reclaiming Interiors was founded by Lauren Paige Smith, a Professional Organiser and Interior Stylist. She is member of APDO and qualified with a Master’s degree in Interior Design. Also a qualified Yoga teacher, Lauren is passionate about wellbeing and slow, intentional living in a home that brings happiness and calm. She is on a mission to help people to restore the love for their home.