Like most Americans, I have a lot of crap. A lot of stuff I don’t need, don’t use, and don’t even know why I still have it. Why I have all of this stuff, years of thinking “One day I’ll do this,” or “One day I’ll wear this.”
No more! I decided to get rid of as much stuff as possible. I’m not just going to throw it all away, I’m not that kind of wasteful person. But I am going to try and sell it.
I've made a lot of changes to everything around me in the last few months. First with social media, organizing my phone/email so I'm not on it all of time. Even cutting people from my friends list, those I don't or have never talked to for starters. Next up was the physical stuff. The endless amounts of clothes that I have, books that I never read anymore, even my record collection.
Here are the questions I asked myself while getting rid of things:
- Do I really use this?
- When was the last time I used this?
- When did I buy this? (for example, make up and products, if it's over a certain age it automatically gets thrown away... needless to say I threw away a lot of make up).
- Am I going to use this in the next three months?
This wasn't just about getting rid of stuff.
It was about making changes in my life to prepare for the future. Now, the "future" being next week or a month from now. When I'm not organized my life is chaos. Keeping my room and office organized was my top priority. If the environment around me is chaos, my life is chaos. Yes, I'm one of those weirdos that needs things ridiculously organized. Trust me, you should see my dressers.
How are you decluttering your life?
Kristy Kronas is a Writer, Photographer, and Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book almost finished! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!
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