I was in the consignment shop, waiting in line to hand over 10 items (the weekly limit) I no longer love or use. I get half the selling price, and someone else gets a discount heart’s desire. The woman in front of me was bringing in quite a few clothing items, so I congratulated her on a good job of cleaning out her closet. She said, ‘Not really’, and mentioned how she had clutter. I encouraged her to check out flylady.net.
What I realized that day is how much my mindset has changed about releasing my unused stuff. I’m actually happy to do it now. Yeah, I’ll get stuck on an item for a bit, it may travel back and forth to thrift or consignment shops, but eventually, I’m able to let go. I actually grant myself one ‘take-back’ item for each trip. No guilt attached. I have learned to congratulate myself on a job well done, instead of berating myself that I didn’t do better. Every little bit counts!
I like to think of decluttering efforts in terms of square feet. I throw a party in my mind when I liberate that space in my home.
Other times I think of how heavy an unwanted item is, and imagine the relief the house will feel without that weight. Little games make it fun.
I feel happy that the item can now find its way to someone who will love and use it. A bonus: Every once in a while I buy a special new present for our home, without the guilt I used to have of adding to the mess. This attitude adjustment has allowed me to be proud of myself, have fun and know that every little effort I make is blessing me!
Flybaby Jess in New York