I only have one new year’s resolutions this year worth mentioning, admittedly I do have a few, but I don’t plan to even write them down. They will remain in my head, but to me the most important one is to declutter.
My one dream is to live in a minimalist house and have a minimalist lifestyle. But I know that won’t happen. Why? My husband and I are both sentimental creatures, him more than me actually. We keep things that have sentimental value even though they really ought to be thrown away. And we have too many books, we buy too many books, we love books too much to stop buying them. And that’s precisely the reason why I’ve long accepted that we won’t ever have a minimalist household.
I also have to go through all of our books. We somehow manage to duplicate our books. I have two books of Letters of Ted Hughes. One was given to me by my lovely in-laws. Any takers? My husband and I used to dream of owning our own bookshop. It’s a lovely dream which won’t happen unless I win the lottery.
My desk as always is a mess. But I’ll do my best to declutter and get rid of unnecessary things like Folio Society book catalogues I’ve already looked through numerous times. I don’t know why I even bother to keep them when their website is already bookmarked in all the gadgets I use.
T’s toys are also on the list. She has too many toys she doesn’t even play with anymore. Before her birthday, I did manage to either throw or give some of her toys away. Toys she’s outgrown and since Christmas has just happened, it means more toys.
And lastly, clothes. I’m going to go through all our clothes and get rid of or donate clothes which don’t fit us anymore. Who am I kidding? I’m never going to be a size 6 again, so why keep them?
This holding on to too many material things is actually weighing heavily on me now. I can feel the physical heaviness on me as if I’m literally carrying all these clutter in my arms. Isn’t that a bit strange? Maybe because this whole decluttering business has been on my mind for several months now and I really just need to do something about it.
What about you?
Do you also have the need to declutter?