When I help people declutter their homes usually the place they get stuck or have stayed stuck for sometime is with items they are uncertain they should let go of. Uncertainty is like a brick wall. We don't know what direction to go or what to do, so we end up doing nothing. The question I hear most often is, "What if I need this later?" My reply is always the same, "Have you used it in the past six months?"
If they are still questioning getting rid of one thing or ten my advice is this, put the item or items in a box, label the box with the date, and put the box in a location where you won't see it all the time. If after six months you didn't need, use, or miss what was in the box you can let it go. It may be one item or the entire box. If you've forgotten what was in the box don't open it. I repeat don't open it! Donate it.
After that box is set free, start walking around your home with a discernful eye and start another box. The item that you're thinking you may use someday, but don't know if you'll miss it, put it in the box with the date on it. Once it has been six months if you haven't needed to run to the box to get out that someday item, take it to the thrift store. It may only take one month of it being out of your sight and you enjoying having that extra space in the bathroom, bedroom closet, desk, or kitchen cupboards that you are ready to set it free before the six month mark. Good for you! Out of sight out of mind. When you are faced with looking at it everyday that's where the questioning comes from, "Should I keep this or get rid of it?"
If it's not useful or doesn't spark joy, but you're unsure if you might need it, give it a rest in the box. Here is to living a little lighter and letting go of the uncertainty.
My friend came over a couple of weeks ago to take some plants for her yard. She made it look so easy. Dig down until you see the root and then pull it out of the ground. This sounded so simple and I thought to myself maybe this is a hobby I would enjoy? I've never tried to grow a vegetable or flower garden because I don't know the first thing about gardening. As I watched her that day it gave me a boost of confidence that maybe I could try this new skill. Playing in the dirt is a form of therapy. I love the earthy smell coming from the ground and the feel of the moist soil on my finger tips.
Next week, we have a crew coming in to build our new home. I didn't want these flowers and hostas trampled on by the excavator, so I started walking around our property envisioning about where to move them to. These flowers have a story and a history. Last summer, when we bought our property, I cut a bouquet and took them to the sweet, elderly lady we purchased the place from. She was delighted and started telling me stories about some of the flowers, where they came from, and who bought them for her.
Usually people wait to landscape until after construction is complete but not this girl! We've lived on the property for a year, so I had an idea about what areas needed a little TLC. We landscaped around the garage because I knew these little beauties would be safe there. We brought in mulch and field rocks that we collected to spruce it up a bit. The chickens were next to us the entire time looking for worms. My husband and I have done lots of projects together and now we can add landscaping with chickens to our list.
I've always told myself I don't have a green thumb or know anything about landscaping, but my friend showed me that day it's easier than it appears. Dig a hole, plant it in the ground, and then give it a drink. I love simple instructions! Sometimes, when we keep things simple, they turn out better than we could've ever imagined. I found joy in the landscape. Here's to creating a life we love!
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