Decluttering inspiration

Since it’s a month of decluttering here on AoS, today we thought we’d inspire you to get that fire lit under you with a few visuals, a few quick things to read, and a few virtual high-fives.

Light, bright, and airy:

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A word of wisdom, from one of our contributors:

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• From last year on AoS—You do you: A different kind of spring cleaning:

“So next time you’re weighed down with too many options, too much life clutter, too many question marks about what you should do, remember this: be you. Do you. Honor how you were made with that freeing agenda. It’s what’s kept me going all these months on the open global road. And it’s what’ll keep me returning and steeping in deeply back to “normal life” when the time comes.”

Small can be beautifully livable:

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A slogan during World War II, to encourage conservation:

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. -WWII slogan

• From last year, on AoS: Beauty in what remains (a different kind of spring cleaning):

“Living with less gives birth to a wealthier life: more freedom to live in the moment, more love for fewer things, more energy to invest in the commitments where I’m truly dedicated, more savoring of the truly delectable.

There’s a solid benefit to getting rid of stuff you don’t need or want—less to clean, manage, and maintain. But perhaps my favorite reason to declutter my life is this:

Everything that remains is beautiful.”

Kids can share bedroom space:

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You might say decluttering requires paddling upstream:

Simplicity Takes Courage
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• From two years ago on AoS: The powerful difference between decluttering and organizing:

“And then there’s the beautiful aftermath that follows decluttering. You find yourself happy to own less, so if you consciously keep stuff from entering your door again, you start owning this habit. You genuinely don’t want to shop because then you’d have to do something with the new stuff.

Your money starts acting more like the responsible tool it can be.

You have more free time because you don’t have to clean so much, and taken full-on, you don’t even have to work as much because you’re content with a smaller budget.

You somehow tend to sleep better, eat better, and take better care of yourself because of said extra time.

And perhaps best of all, you pass this on to your kids through modeling and through intentional choices. You’re not buying stuff for fun.”

Amen:

Done is better than perfect. Amen.
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Typical in decluttering, but still ever-so worth it:

All great changes are preceded by chaos.
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Remember, just start. You’ll figure it out as you go:

You don't have to have it figured out to move forward.
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And finally, my recommended reads for encouragement towards a simpler life.

Happy decluttering, friends! You can do this.

If you feel like the chaos outweighs the calm in your home,

first, take care of the basics.

You already know what to do—you just need to do it.
Focus on just ONE thing at a time, and you'll conquer the overwhelm.

 

7 Comments

  1. Carolina

    Fire officially lit! With today’s post and your Decluttering Kids Stuff, I’m so ready to get started. Thanks Tsh!

  2. Lori

    Loved this, Tsh. Thanks!

  3. Kelly

    That quote from Alysa about needing less stuff illustrates the lightbulb moment I had months back. After being totally exhausted from taking care of my stuff and it stressing me out, we’ve been slowly and painfully throwing away things. It’s freeing to say “Hey, you aren’t in my life anymore, and that means one less thing to occupy my time.”

  4. Ellen

    The slogan is actually from the depression. It’s made me wonder if I still have the little paperback on that subject—there were even instructions on washing a man’s suit. I’m pretty sure my husband would have killed me if I’d ever tried that.

  5. Hannah

    Thank you for this post!

  6. Rebecca Chapman

    Great links, i cant wait to explore more. Thank you

  7. gmail sign up

    Fantastic post I like it. Keep it up

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