Thursday, October 16, 2008

how to declutter 20 years of stuff in 23 minutes or less

I do love to declutter and keep "stuff" as organized as possible. Like many women, I'm always on the look out for a new tip on decluttering and organizing and how to get rid of the excess stuff. The Simple Home is all about SIMPLE and and being free of stuff.

The Stuff I Collected and Neatly Organized
As a writer and speaker I have neatly gathered saved and organized tons of little illustrations, newspaper clippings, topic ideas for messages for women's retreats and tons of other misc. notes that shamelessly filled almost two filing cabinets.

Lylah's Tip: How to Declutter 20 years of Stuff in 23 Minutes or Less
The other day, while reorganizing my sections in our garage, I took a look at the space taken up by those two filing cabinets. Upon opening both drawers and taking a very quick look . . . a very quick one mind you and then without hesitation, I started dumping it all. I didn't reminisce. I didn't take a second look. I dumped and filled each grocery bag as full as I could get it.
So, girls, if I can do it, so can you. There's something so freeing about getting rid of "stuff."

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Melissa said...

I so not like getting rid of stuff, but can see how in many ways that can be liberating. Change. Wow. Your post just struck me harder than what I thought it would. Maybe this is God's way of saying, "Uh, Melissa, you need to get rid of stuff." I hear Him. I just need to pray about it and allow His Spirit to break me more in order to declutter my life and home.


DEANNA said...

I love this. I am sooo going to do this now that my kids are back to school and I have 5 minutes without a child screaming for me to do everything for them... Oh wait, Justice and Tommy are home... I still have two here!!

Lylah said...

you go girl! it was sooooooo darn freeing. i know i'll find more!

At Home with Kim Vallee said...

I declutter all my closets last week. I gained valuable space and it feels great. My new motto will be to get rid of whatever I do not need as soon as possible.

Youthful One said...

God's been after me to declutter for some time now.
I appreciate your encouragement.

I happen to be sitting here reading this during the time I had set aside to declutter & reorganize my overflowing desk area. ((rolling eyes))

I have discovered that it is easier for me to declutter other people's stuff than my own. Must be that I don't have the emotional attachments to their stuff. So, when I'm needing to clear out some clutter, I usually start in the kids' playroom. Really makes me feel better. Often inspires me to hit one of my cluttered areas. As long as I can stay away from the internet, I might actually GET to one of my cluttered areas...

(God's also been hinting to me about self-discipline, and my lack thereof.)

Thanks again for the inspiration and encouragement.