You’re having a spring clean day but you find yourself sighing as you approach yet another shelf of ornaments with the duster.
As you open a cupboard you frown at the sight of stacked up boxes, bags of God knows what and piles of once loved shoes.
You open your wardrobe and have to fight your way through it to find that one piece that you know was living there, somewhere!
We seem to own so much stuff, but does it make you feel good? Does it fill you with happiness to look at all these things?
Read on to discover 5 easy ways to get rid of your clutter and be happier!
Where Did All This Clutter Come From?
As we get older we build our nests and surround ourselves with the things we think we should have…the sofa, TV, coffee table, kitchen appliances, bedroom furniture, rugs, etc. and then we continue to buy more stuff we like or think we can’t live without.
It’s so easy to purchase anything with a click from our own front room, even from our bed!
We don’t even have to have the money for it as credit cards are only too keen to enroll us.
The problem is, we think buying something will make us happy – but it doesn’t. We get the initial kick of purchasing something new and shiny but the feeling soon wears off and is often replaced by guilt.
We also buy out of boredom as we’ve nothing better to occupy our time. This isn’t helped by the constant marketing we are bombarded with.
Where Do I Put All This Clutter?
So buying all this stuff means we need more space to store it right? Over the past 2 years the storage industry has grown huge with demand growing faster than supply. An increase in rents, especially in London, hasn’t put customers off from renting space to store their spill over possessions.
A study in 2016 estimates that there are now 1,077 self-storage sites in the UK. Total turnover for the industry in 2015 was circa £440 million – that’s a lot of money spent on space to store stuff!
After being divorced 10 years ago I’ve steadily downsized from a family house to a 2 bedroom flat, to a flat share and now a one bedroom flat in north London. London space is prime so the flat is so small I’ve had get rid of even more stuff! My partner says I should look at the experience as if living in a Tokyo capsule apartment – but he’s a minimalist so that’s easy for him to say! 🙂
I’ve had to let a lot of things go and it’s been tough but I did have fun on the way and made some well needed extra cash. I definitely feel happier knowing that everything a now possess means something to me and if I need to pack up and move again it would be easy.
I’d also like to share with you these guys who are truly inspiring; the London Minimalists and the original American minimalists who started readdressing our addiction to possessions, The Minimalists. They created this brilliant documentary about their own de-cluttering story – do watch it!
So, here are 5 easy ways you can get rid of clutter, feel better about yourself and be happier!
5 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Clutter And Be Happier
- Car boot sales– I LOVE car boot sales and I had great fun on several occasions with girlfriends sharing a pitch. Meeting a variety of people and haggling over 50p for a lemon squeezer can be very empowering … and entertaining. Going home with an empty car and a carrier bag of money feels amazing.
- Ebay and Gumtree – These online sites are great for getting rid of special pieces and larger items such as furniture.
- Amazon – so easy to sell unwanted books and DVDs…worth checking their value with other sellers to make sure it’s worth the time to list but I regularly make a sale.
- Charity shops – Someone could well be in need of that odd shaped vase your Aunt Jane gave you…pass it on and share the love 🙂
- Hold a party – and sell off stuff. Or even better, give it away. If you find letting something go tough, then agree that its on loan and you can get it back at any time ( though I guarantee that once it’s gone from your life you won’t want it back )
I hope this post has inspired you. Have you had to downsize? Did you feel happier for getting rid of stuff? I’d love to hear from you!
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