I don't know if any of you remember the show, Clean House, on TLC. It was the original decluttering and organizing shows. It was very eye opening to me and I never thought I could be a candidate for the show. Now I am not quite to the point of Hoarders but I was on my way if I didn't stop.
A little background - I used to share a 2500 square foot house and space was never a problem. I joined Etsy to sew up some of my fabric but realized that to really make a business, I would need more and newer fabrics. Thus began a lot of forays into ebay, etsy, fabric stores online, brick and mortar -- you get the idea. Well the day came to move out of the big house and I downsized to renting a room and everything had to go into storage. That was a chore.
The final move came to a cozy little one bedroom a bit out in the country and room for my dogs to roam. Oh yeah, cozy means small, 560 square feet small! I moved in waves and kept finding that I had too much stuff. I thought about another storage unit but seemed to defeat the purpose.
I have been destashing and destashing; selling at a community garage sale, etc. It almost seems overwhelming! Every time I destash, I have seller's remorse. The first time it lasted for days; now I keep going through things to see what I can destash. While doing some of this destashing, I bought more Christmas fabric - hangs my head in shame!
I remember Peter from Clean House talking that if you have something you cherish or if it evokes a special meaning, it does not belong in a box someplace. It belongs framed or showcased. You don't have to hold onto everything as the memories will always be there. This has stood out in my mind for many years and now I am trying to emulate it.
Yes I still have more to go but I will get there. A cleaner, neater and organized home is my goal. Destash and be free!