This post is sponsored by Goodwill.
"I might need it someday."
That, friends, is why decluttering is a constant challenge even though I wrote a book that celebrates decluttering.
Calling it an excuse might be a bit harsh. It's a reason, and it seems like a good one. After all, I paid money for that thing (whatever it is), and giving it away feels like throwing that money in the trash. In my mind, that's wasteful, and maybe even a little spoiled.
Slowly but surely, stuff turns into clutter. And clutter sows frustration which grows into anxiety which eventually ends with me avoiding my own house.
All because "I might need it someday."
It seems silly. I mean, it's just stuff, right? Stuff I brought into my home for a reason — to solve a problem, to beautify a room, or to delight my kids. But priorities change and reasons go away, and that very same stuff turns into its own problem.
Writing Minimalist Parenting with Christine helped me get clear on the true power of decluttering. It's much more than cleaning house. Once I was able to reframe decluttering as giving — as opposed to "throwing away" — my attitude completely changed.
A weekly Goodwill run has become a regular part of my routine. There's a Goodwill donation site on the way to my grocery store, and most weeks I have a bag or box stashed in the trunk ready to donate. Not only do I know my stuff is going to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford it, Goodwill uses the money it raises in part to train and employ people in my community. My stuff helps creates jobs.
Now, decluttering doesn't make me feel wasteful or spoiled at all. I know I'm sharing. Empowering, even. And that feels a lot better than the false sense of security that comes with hanging onto clutter.
This post was made possible through the support of Goodwill. All opinions are my own.