Decluttering cannot be a one-time event. If you’re not careful, your stuff will quietly multiply when you’re not paying attention, and before long you’ll be back where you started. So you must be diligent about not acquiring new items without throwing out a few things in exchange so you can keep your decluttering equilibrium.
Of course, you also have to be careful that you remain motivated to live the decluttered life. Personally, I find that there’s a tipping point, when the closets are getting a little too crowded, or the cupboards are, and then I start thinking about setting aside time to weed out my possessions again.
Recently I experienced a motivation to declutter that I wasn’t expecting. I bought several bags of potting soil so I could plant pots of annuals for my patio. I backed out the car so I could get to every spare pot, and brought in other pots that were left in the yard over the winter. I wanted to see every pot I had so I could pick the best ones for the task.
Wow, had I amassed a lot of pots over the past few years! Once I found them all and got them into one place, I saw that I had far more than I needed. So I chose the best to use this summer, saved a few empty hanging pots in case mine break (I’ve found them to be fragile), and I threw the rest into the recycler.
Did that ever feel good! And the sight of the garden corner of the garage all clean and organized instead of being covered in piles of plastic pots (some still filled with dead plants and old dirt) so inspired me that I am now motivated to start going through the house and finding things I no longer need or use so the house can go back to being as uncluttered as it was when we moved in.
You just never know where you’ll find the motivation to declutter again!