As a shopaholic turned minimalist, I have a somewhat unique perspective when it comes to decluttering.
The first step of the decluttering process is getting clear on your motivation. Don’t concern yourself with the ‘how’ just yet. Instead, focus on your why.
This is important because, at its heart, decluttering is a value proposition. We get rid of stuff if and only when the benefits of decluttering outweigh the benefits of hanging on—and if you’re struggling to let go, I bet you can guess which way the scales lean.
Ask yourself, “What do I love more than my stuff?” The next time you’re struggling to declutter, say that tradeoff you’re making out loud.
Have you ever heard of the law of diminishing returns? It’s an economic concept where after a certain point, investing more leads to lower returns.
Challenge yourself to define ‘how much is enough’. Don’t think about what you already have. Instead, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine the home and life you wish you had.