Let’s get to the real crux of the matter – decluttering is a gift you decide to give yourself. It is not synonymous with guilt, not being good enough or accepting that you can never be organised. It is not in the power of a family member, friend or other to make us feel inadequate and a failure.
These are the lies that keep us exactly where we are – dissatisfied with our progress and paralysed.
Who has the deciding vote as to what is too much, too little, ugly, beautiful, worth keeping or rubbish? YOU. Own it and you will feel powerful.
Your personality, time frame, current circumstances, motivation, standards are the factors that will determine what you act upon or stand still. These factors are also changeable. For some, getting rid of one item a day is huge. For others a full on re-vamp of their house it the way they roll.
Who cares which way you go as long as you actually go?
The logic of life dictates that continual accumulation leads to suffocation but the balance of what and how much you let go of is up to you – the master of your path.
Aside from that piece of logic, decluttering is not a science. It's a habit and a lifestyle of your choosing.
For me, decluttering is now a daily reflex like brushing my teeth or having a shower. Not on a monumental scale but on a maintenance wave. That has come about over time. I’m not a warrior, I’m better at slow and steady. That is me. You are you. Work out what your comfort level is and do not justify it to others. Be kind with your expectations and just keep on keepin’ on.