Clearing out – Spring Decluttering
It’s spring! Finally! And along with the better weather and hints of warmth appearing in the longer days, I seem to have woken from the sluggishness of winter along with the season.
Feeling more ‘spring-like’ means I’ve been looking at life with new eyes…and along with that, comes the inevitable feeling to declutter again.
Since my first big declutter that started me on the Minimalism journey, along with my 2 years of buying nothing new, I’ve managed to keep a lid on the possessions I let into to my life. But recently, as I was feeling a little down, a little unsure of life’s direction…well, a few things have snuck their way into our house. Things I don’t need, things bought on impulse. Emotions and purchases are linked inextricably, and I succumbed more than usual the past few months.
I don’t feel down about it, I don’t feel bad. I accept it, understand, and let go. Life isn’t about living to someone else’s standards. I’m sure the ‘Minimalism Police’ won’t be knocking on my door asking why I bought 4 boxes of incense and some candles. We grow and change, and so does minimalism. What is important is to give myself the space to realise and recognise when something doesn’t feel quite right to me, and to examine all the aspects. And so, it’s time to jettison what is no longer serving me, physically and mentally.
Keeping possessions, or collecting new ones, for me, is associated with a couple of things. Firstly, wanting to feel that spark of a treat, that initial buzz of purchase. And secondly of wanting to nest, to feel homely, to fill my place with things that are mine. Looking back at recent things in life, I can understand why I let my usually minimal view on purchases slide a little. Ok, more than a little.
Now I’m out the other side, feeling more positive, making a few decisions and feeling more as though I have a concrete base, a more solid version of myself. And so, spring is here, inside and out. I’m off to arm myself with a roll of binbags, a cup of hot blackcurrant, and thoroughly enjoy a little spring cleaning, and spring decluttering!