To many people, clutter is a maddening experience. To those same people, declutter is an overwhelming sense of relief. Then again, there are people who work better in clutter and maybe even live better with clutter. Those people, if they so choose, can also experience an overwhelming sense of relief by decluttering. I would know.
The act of getting rid of “stuff” is very therapeutic, while also very stressful. The end result, however, is often enjoyed. There are many hardships that go along with “getting rid of stuff”.
- A sense of “responsibility” (especially if the item was a gift from someone)
- Sentimental Items (and how difficult it is to let go)
- Regaining items or re-losing the space that became empty
Minimalism is becoming more popular with each passing day. I doubt it will take the world over and soon everyone will live with “Bear Necessities” (and yes, I’m hoping that song is in your head now). It is a lovely concept though. The only thing I see being a hardship with this lifestyle is all the gifts that like to be given and it’s rude to turn down a gift.
The funny thing about minimalism, is that you (if it becomes your lifestyle) should never again, or at least rarely, ever feel “Buyer’s Remorse”. If you don’t buy anything new, you can’t be disappointed in the product. If you’re living minimally, then you should feel light as a feather without the burden of “Stuff” weighing you down. I’ve learned that one of the easiest ways to start the “Minimalism” lifestyle is to either Move or act like you’re moving. “Why?” you might ask… Because it gives you the opportunity to see what you use and don’t use. What are true needs, and what “needs” are actually just wants.
Then again, we all have that one family member who feels Obligated to bring a gift with each visit and before you know it; you’re cluttered again because you feel a sense of “need to keep” the gift. The worst thought here, is that you’re now forced to sit with the responsibility of the item presented as a gift.
If you ever feel the need to buy someone a gift, maybe check with that person first? In case they’re the type to be happier at the thought than the actual receipt of the gift.