September is renowned for being about ‘Spring cleaning’. Traditionally this concept was after an intense Winter hibernation which most Australians don’t truly experience.
There is just something about this season that is energising and having blocked spaces in your life can be clinically unhealthy and impact your mood, relationships and motivation.
Decluttering seems to be a term we use frequently these days. It is growing in its use because we accumulate so much STUFF!
People find it really difficult to part with sentimental items. 21st and Wedding gifts, inherited items, your children’s artwork or a great shirt from Led Zeppelins 1973 Australian Tour (…am so referencing my Dad here).
It does begin to become a burden and we increasingly require more storage and the ability to move freely evaporates.
We shut a door on the mess but the mess is still there. We chuck paperwork in a drawer but taxes still need to be done.
I was forced to declutter on a major scale before I started to short-term let my principle home.
I went crazy, it wasn’t easy but not a single item I removed comes to mind right now with any sentimental pangs.
To make decluttering easier I wrote out a list and stuck it where I could reference it – it might sound a little crazy but it went like this:
• Will I miss this item?
• Could it be replaced if needed?
• Does it add to my life?
• Does it enrich my life?
I even took photos of some cute baby clothes I had, then I bagged them up and gave them to charity. I was able to move some things from a dearly departed relative by thinking to myself – would they really want me to cart this item around for the rest of life? Was that the intent of the gift? No….
Super proud of my sporty hubby who had a HUGE amount of trophies from his track and field/soccer playing days. He tooks pics of them and moved them along.
CD’s and DVD’s – welcome to the digital age. We filled nearly 3 recycling bins of CD cases!
The benefits of decluttering are many but my highlights are:
• Everything looks better when it has a place and purpose
• You feel lighter….truly, you are weighed down by the clutter and accrued junk in your home and that one room/shed/garage/cupboard begins to erode your happiness
• You can make money from selling your stuff – Gumtree, Ebay and plenty of Facebook groups allow you to move unwanted items quickly
• If it doesn’t sell give it away for free or ensure the quality stuff finds its way to a charity in need
• Paperwork, sort it, file it, shred it or contact your bill provider and request email statements
• Use your good towels and good glasses – if it is feral – you don’t deserve that, use the good stuff!
Once decluttered you have choices. What a great opportunity to freshen up your living space with new paint/flooring, what about getting a valuation done on your property.
You could be sitting on a pile of equity you couldn’t have imagined.
When your house looks good, you feel great, it reflects in your day-to-day performances and people will notice.
Then the thought of short-term renting is not too crazy or daunting anymore.