I lived this excuse for a very long time. As long as I wasn’t fully “settled” and knew I would one day live in another home, I felt the need to keep things. Surely, my next home would have a space for that.
And obviously, if I had a bigger home, I’d be organized . . .
Because of this mindset, I don’t remember much about my college dorm room other than clutter.
When I lived alone in a one-room apartment, I answered the door by opening it just enough to peek out.
I didn’t want anyone to see the mess inside.
Our newlywed apartment included a table that was 75% covered in stuff at all times. Boxes lined the walls and an entire room full of stuff waited to eventually be moved into a “real” home.
Once we moved into our first house, I realized how much excess we had, but it was so hard to pare down. It was in our third house (our forever house), that I no longer had an excuse. That’s where I hit rock-bottom and started my deslobification process.
I’m not big on worrying about stuff that’s over and can’t be changed. But . . . if I had it to do over again . . . I would have LIVED in whatever space I had at the moment.
This is my goal for the rest of my life. Live where I am. Not for where I may be someday.
You might need a bigger house. Or maybe you just have things you don’t actually need in the house where you are living right now.
Once I started really decluttering, my house didn’t seem too small anymore.
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