Decluttering is one of those things that sounds SO simple in theory. All you have to do is decide what brings you joy and then let go of the rest. Easy, right?
First and foremost, let go of the idea that you have to declutter quickly. Yes, some people will tackle their entire home in one wild weekend. But this is the exception, not the rule.
In this light, decluttering becomes soul work. We have to face our fears, grieve our losses, and challenge long held beliefs. It feels hard because it IS hard, and that’s OK.
If you’re decluttering a dress that you’ve never worn—ask yourself, “Why don’t I ever wear this?” Use what you learn to make a decision about the future. For example, I don’t buy anything yellow, polyester, or dry clean only.
I had to realise that I’m a real person and I don’t live inside an IKEA catalogue. I was clearing the clutter, but not the life from my home (and real life will always be imperfect).
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just spend a few minutes thinking about what you’re trying to achieve and how you’ll do it before you begin.