Throughout the year, you’ve probably acquired a few things, and spring is the season to sort through your belongings, organize, clean, and rejuvenate your home. Enter: Spring Cleaning!
My strategy for sorting through my ever-increasing piles of accumulated “stuff” is the standard 3-pile system: Keep / Toss or Donate / Not Sure. The first pile is organized and put away. The second is tossed or given away. The third pile — the possessions and clothing I’m not sure I’m ready to part with just yet – is boxed and stored out of sight. A few months later, I pull out the box and take a second look. The sentimental pulls and the ‘what-if-I-still-need-this-in-the-future?’ questions seem to disappear when you’ve forgotten about something for several months. I almost always toss or donate everything at that point.
In the same way that losing weight is easier than mantaining a weight loss, decluttering your home is often easier than simply maintaining a decluttered home. The true challenge is not replacing the possessions you’ve tossed or donated. Need some motivation to let go of a few things? Take just twenty minutes to watch the video above, The Story of Stuff.
The Story of Stuff is a documentary about consumerism and sustainability. Created in 2007 and narrated by Annie Leonard, the video’s messages are timeless. The Story of Stuff made me rethink the way I make purchases and provided me with a completely new understanding of fashion. Before you make one more purchase — from a coffee maker, to a couch, to shoes — you must watch The Story of Stuff.
You can learn more about The Story of Stuff Project by visiting their website here.
Happy Spring Cleaning!