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Downsizing and decluttering

This is the story of an ongoing journey, one that I started awhile back already. I’m talking about the journey of lightening the load, of downsizing and decluttering everything and anything, including the closet.

I have to admit that it is getting more and more intense as the “is this bringing me joy” method is slowly losing it’s effectiveness, especially when it comes to the wardrobe. There must be 5 different sizes in that closet and while it might not bring me joy right now, it is anticipated that “that” size will come into my near and dear reach shortly again, perhaps bringing much joy when it does. But for the moment it just takes up space and is of no use to me. If I don’t want to move the un useful load, I need to find another enticing reason, making it easier to get rid of it now.

Another culprit is the “how can I get rid of it, if it’s still in perfect condition” syndrome. The struggle is real here and new drastic measures are called for. One of my new approaches amongst others is “would I buy this again, do I really want to wear this again, despite it’s condition etc.” Let’s just say that it is slow going to fill up that huge lawn bag to donate. Perhaps I should move to another room, the she shed / crafting room. Not sure if I find more success there, but it needs to be done.

It’s inevitable that I have to move out of this house soon and put in on the market. I don’t want to be a slave to the current mortgage anymore which is only one of the reasons. For the time being, I prepare myself for such a move and dream of going tiny. Tiny today has many possibilities and faces. We shall see what’s waiting around the bend.


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29 thoughts on “Downsizing and decluttering

    1. Yes it does and it’s very empowering. You can literally feel a burden lift. Strange how we grow up thinking we need all this stuff, how we are raised to acquire material bliss and then it ends up weighing us down in ways we’d never expected.


  1. One friend passed on a lot of smaller sizes and ended up needing to go and purchase them back from the store when he lost weight after a surgery!!! Downsizing is a good way to get ready to do your mom’s. So wish I could help!!! xo

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    1. Yes it is and I think it will help me and give me great practice. Luckily my beliefs are changing to a point of making it easier to part with things. I hope anyways and it might be different when it comes to Moms stuff and her memory.

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    1. Haha yea it is and I tell you a secret. “It’s not even all of them” 😳
      Yeah I do have a passion for clothing and dressing for the mood and feel. But I’m thinning out quite a bit and this picture is after donating bag after bag. I have a ways to go I guess lol.

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  2. Good luck and keep going! I started to downsize my wardrobe over a year ago, haven’t bought anything new since and go through everything about once every six months letting go anything I haven’t worn during that time. And I’m still only about half way to where I’d like to be.

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    1. Wonderful advice and me too have started this journey awhile back. I have bought a few pieces but when I do at least an old one usually has to go. I have more to go when it comes to what one actually needs as essential vs the luxury of just having it but it has been an empowering and freeing journey.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. Best wishes to you.


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