Downsizing + Emotions
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the emotional journey for this next client. We'll call her "Jo." Jo moved back in with her mom after her dad died, to be a support for her and also as a resting place for herself. She was suffering from mild depression and anxiety, and though she maintained a full-time, high demand job for the city, she was getting overwhelmed. Spending time on her health, her mother, and her work lead to an unchecked living situation that was no longer tenable for Jo.
Enter Tidy Fairy!
We focused this session on decluttering her clothing category, which led us to clear her closet and drawers. We believe in using bedroom closets mainly for clothes, and had a goal of dismantling the freestanding garment rack.
That Before Again...
Gretchen's book is eminently quotable and full of great advice (and not just about tidying!), and I'd highly recommend it.
I love that at the end of the day she came to the conclusion that additional storage solutions were not necessary to free her from clutter. All she needed were two trash bags - one for throwaways and one for giveaways.
I also loved her epiphany that by decreasing the amount of clothing in her closet, she actually felt like she had much more to wear! I feel exactly the same way! We all want to feel we have exactly the best stuff for us to wear in our closets, and decluttering actually gives you that. It may seem counter intuitive, but it really does work!
Could you use this categorical awareness of clutter to conquer your closet? A cabinet? Or a drawer?
Try it out! Hone in on one category and see if that inspires you to free yourself from things in your home that don't bring you joy! A little bit of decluttering goes a long way toward improving your energy, boosting your mood due to feeling productive, and improving your relationship to material things!