Clothing, style, and how we look can be intimately tied to our identity.
Purging our wardrobes to keep only those clothes that we actually wear on a regular basis flies in the face of this idea. Letting go of pieces of clothing can feel like letting go of pieces of our self, our past, our loved ones. Yet, for a de-cluttering or other reducing project, we have to find a way to make peace with that idea.
Tackling a de-cluttering project can be wrought with physical and emotional challenges. That’s why it’s so important to put yourself front and center when you plan out your sorting and purging schedule – and to keep self-care in mind throughout the entire process.
Over the years I have carried around the baggage of my past, mementos, things I just couldn’t give up. Things that belonged to other people that I thought: someday, I’d be able to give them back…
If you are starting to de-clutter your life, getting rid of small things, sorting through boxes and bins packed long ago and hidden away from sight, be aware of what any box might contain. Be conscious. You could be caught by surprise. Feelings that you didn’t know you still had can be lurking in the dark corners of your psyche.
Reducing your belongings in the 21st century is going to involve a lot of electronics. If you’re old enough, you’ll have really old stuff, like floppy drives and disks and actual film cameras as well as plenty of coaxial cable and analog cords. At least that’s what we found when we gathered all our technology and electronics into a big pile and decided what to keep, what to discard, and what to keep for now.
In this video we discuss the options available for selling, donating, and recycling electronics as well as what to do with “emotional bomb boxes” when you encounter them.
In the process of Radically Reducing our belongings, the first major category of stuff that we sorted was entertainment. We piled all the DVDs, CDs, games, etc. in the living room and made decisions about what stays and what goes. Then we made a video summarizing the lessons we learned and the tips we have for anyone doing the same.
It seems like it should be simple – to get rid of the clutter in our lives – but it’s not. Dealing with clutter can be an overwhelming endeavor and many people put it off. It took us awhile, and several failed attempts over the years, to decide on a de-cluttering strategy that works for us (at least it’s working so far!). To figure out what works for you, start by figuring out your goal for the project and then put together an approach that fits that goal and the other elements of your life and personality.