• Corrine Banks

Declutter your Home, Mind, and Life

Not by choice, I have moved an average of every 2 years for the past 15 years. Except for the time that we were homeless after our house fire and I moved 5-6 times in 3 months but, we'll come back to that. The process of moving is a pain in the butt. I do always really love getting rid of the stuff that accumulates in a small amount of time though. Before our last move, I had my daughter sit down and watch the minimalism documentary and she got rid of 70% of her belongings. 1.5 years later her room can still look like a tornado. Thank God for doors! When it bothers me too much, we take some time to sort through and see what we can ditch. Looking back on this week after I decluttered every nook and cranny of my home in a few days in an "I'm not stopping until it's done OCD" kind of way, I recognized that it was my healthy, productive way to calm my anxieties for an upcoming event. I have always been aware that a cluttered environment causes me stress so, my house was already pretty clear. This frenzy of clearing started with recognizing that a few pairs of shoes would probably never be worn again and needed a new owner. As I saw each closet and drawer become organized, more peace replaced it. I like the physical act of letting go of things like my race shirts that I moved from home to home. They represented all the hard work going into each race and the memory of that race. The literal "I hauled my butt around swimming, biking, and running for over 10 hours and all I got was this lousy shirt". But, the memory is still there without the tangible element. It feels even better when what you are getting rid of goes to friends and family who find it useful, beautiful, or they get enjoyment out of the item. Or when they are donated to charity raising money for those who have so much less than what they need. The sell pile will bring in money that can be used for a new memorable experiences.

Back to that house fire. We were fortunate that our stuff was mostly all smoke and water damaged, not lost completely. Although it was one of the most stressful times in my life, I learned that after living out of a few trash bags of belongings, I do not need much. Stuff does not make us happy and if it does, it is very fleeting. The weekends when we had to couch surf because our temporary beds were taken, I turned it into a traveling adventure and my daughter and I have some great memories from the experience. I learned a lot about myself what mattered. My family will tell you I have enjoyed being organized from a young age and I have always thought if I needed to change careers, a professional organizer is what I would become. Beyond the home, you can digitally declutter, as well as your personal life, and ultimately your mind.

Home Declutter