Clutter clearing – weighed down by clutter

I want to share one of my biggest weaknesses I love gathering material and resources. Sounds like a good thing doesn’t it, lots of information but it can be done to excess.

I’m not like one of those people on compulsive hoarders on Channel 5 but my PC has masses of PDFs saved to read one day, and Outlook is bursting with emails I’m saving.
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Downsizing

Take your lifes possession and divide in half, and then again! That’s what my forthcoming move feels like.

With Downsizing I’m doing this while still active. Goodness knows how older people do this.
It’s not just the active side of going into the loft, emptying the shed but also the emotions as you look at the items you bought.
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Minimising is better than organising

If organizing your stuff worked, wouldn’t you be done by now? Courtney Carver

I’m brilliant at sorting work files, systems, cupboards but now I’m thinking that organising has been my way of dealing with the objects and information that I have accumulated. Whilst I can be well organised I then get more stuff and must reorganise as I run out of space.
And so the cycle continues.
I’m now reflecting that organising has been a way of failing to address the underlying issue of why I need so much stuff.
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A period of transition

My decluttering is going deeper, and I’m reviewing everything that doesn’t add to my life. Do I really need a Kindle and an iPad (with the kindle app)? I have taken so many things to the charity shops or sold them and with each item I feel a sense of lightness. Its a very good feeling. I’m comparing everything I have to my sister who has moved a few times recently, so she hasn’t had 14-15 years of possessions to go through. It would have been easier with less space, although there were still piles of books besides the bookcases.
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Downsizing

Downsizing focuses the mind on what possessions are important to you. What you want to keep and use, and what is better kept as a memory.

I’ve not been posting anything for a while. My focus has been on clearing out. I’m downsizing from a 4 bed home with loft space and outbuildings to a 2 bed flat. A move from the country to the town.

There is so much to do with downsizing – not just clothes and books, but business materials and general stuff. Today I’ve finally thrown out (Almost) all my Open University Course Materials – 8 years of part time study for my first degree and 5 years for my MBA. I was tempted to hold onto the year course in Research Methods, but it is 20 years old and best to start again. I tried to pass on but no one was interested.
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