Have you ever walked through your house and wondered how on earth you got so much stuff? Do your eyes scan all those shelves in your garage, wondering how you’ll get rid of everything?
You’re not alone. In fact, more Americans want to downsize than supersize their houses, with 37% of Americans saying they’d prefer a smaller house than a larger one.
But getting there isn’t easy!
As a society, we’ve accumulated so much stuff that the idea of going through it, sorting it, and donating, or throwing it away is so overwhelming that many never even attempt it.
- Today, 25% of American homeowners can’t fit a car inside their 2-car garage.
- The average American spends 55 minutes a day (that’s 12 days per year), looking for things they know they own, but can’t find.
- And 80% of what we own, we never use. Think about that!
Maybe you want to downsize to live in a tiny house. Or maybe your dream is an RV, a camper van or a sailboat.
Whatever the reason, downsizing and figuring out what to get rid of isn’t always easy.
All of us who live in a tinier home have done it, myself included. I got rid of most of my stuff to “A lot of times, you base your self-worth on things you own, because you worked so hard for those things and earned them,” she said. “For me, I felt like I was getting rid of everything I’d worked for. I had a killer shoer connection and a Chanel skirt I’d worked really hard to pay for, but there was nowhere to wear that stuff on the sailboat!”
Slowly but surely, she lost her emotional attachment to her stuff.
“It all starts with your mindset,” she said. “I wrestled with it and cried many times in the beginning, but after you rip off the band-aid, it gets easier. Then, it became more like a game, like how much can we sell on Craigslist today, who can sell the most, who can get the best price.”Downsizing your house to move into a sailboat, tiny home or RV can be a time-consuming ordeal, especially if you’ve been stacking things up and keeping things for years.
In order to make this transition less overwhelming, it’s a good idea to start small.
And that means starting with junk! It’s a no-brainer to throw junk away, so you won’t find yourself in a constant debate about whether it should stay or whether it should go.
Go into your bathroom, for example, and just starting throwing away and recycling the junk. Go through your drawers and find empty shampoo and lotion bottles or makeup you no longer wear.
You can do this in most rooms in your house, because more likely than not, you’re holding onto stuff that can be thrown away.
The practice of letting go. We can often run into blocks, struggles, and burn-out in the middle of our journey without emotional clarity and awareness.We build a connection with inanimate objects that rarely serve us anything but a memory. What a lot of people don’t think about is how Memories are made and stored in our memory without the need to buy things. When learning how to let go you must ask yourself first. Does this make me happy. Do I need It to keep my happiness? Items like clothing you don’t wear often, Nic naks that people have given you over time, Garage clutter are all things that you may not put a lot of attention on and ultimately won’t harm you to let go! Honestly the hardest part of letting go is physically saying gone! After it is gone you begin to feel so much better ! Life becomes simpler when you learn how to let go! The need to want , to consume new things is an addiction. Its a craving you can follow thru and fulfill a void that was never actually there until you got the craving . THE HARDEST PART IS SAYING NO! And that is just the beginning!Mind over matter is how you master physical and emotional clutter.
So if you are ready to tackle your emotional clutter, feel free to dive into mental and emotional detox with me!
What is emotional decluttering?
Emotional decluttering is the process of letting go of toxic influences, negative mindset, and self-destructive thoughts to bring emotional well-being. My focus is never on denying negativity or eliminating feelings like anger or sadness but it is on embracing and understanding my feelings with clarity and mindfulness Cultivating happiness and joy
- Embracing your authentic self
- Facing both negativity and positivity
- Practicing unconditional love
- Forgiving yourself and others
- Moving forward into an inspiring self journey
Common blocks and physical and emotional clutter
The process of decluttering can help us release our disowned and buried emotions. That’s why it is common to run into blocks and struggles during our unfolding. Remember that object only hold value in our minds. Its important to upkeep the things we aquire both physically and emotionally. Just because someone handed you baggage it does not mean you have to keep it. And annually you will need to reevaluate what in your baggage hold you down and what makes you stronger.. This rule also applies for the things you have collected. Do you ever wear this? Has this trinket you bought at Vegas actually hold near and dear to your heart or is it just another object taking up space?
Probems and solutions
- Not being able to let go of sentimental things ( This was a hard one for me, Letting go of my only sons baby keepsakes was the hardest to let go. But things are just things!)
- Feeling guilty about discarding things ( don’t throw away things that can be used up like hair products or candles.. USE THEM!)
- Feeling burn-out or overwhelmed during decluttering – make a list. Remove anything you have two of!
- Stress cleaning-Honestly this is a great way to handle stress !
- Feeling rejected for being a Minimalist- once you are here you will realize that those around you who don’t understand are too attached and won’t understand the freedom you feel.
How to practice emotional decluttering
- Identify your goals and needs
- Be mindful of your own comfort level
- Surrender and let go
- Find and commit to what brings you joy
- Replace negative mental notes with positive ones!
- Remember that you are enough! Everyone around you struggles with self identity and confidence.
- Fall in love with yourself. Think what about you makes you a good person, and what others might see in you that you are not aware of yourself.