If you read my previous post, you read about how I discovered minimalism. Today, I want to talk with you about the next steps: decluttering and packing up everything. The book Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup opened my eyes to see how much I had in my house. It had me thinking about what really matters in life and what I needed to do to accomplish it.
Decluttering and Packing Up
After countless hours of decluttering my home, it was finally staged and more beautiful than ever. I could not imagine having to leave it once it was ready to sell.
I started to see how Ruth felt when she simplified her life. It felt good! Like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. Feeling the freedom of ridding my life of possessions I did not need was indescribably great!
We put our house on the market, and were thrilled when we booked several showings in the first week! I imagined it would take a few months to sell, so hopes were not very high in the beginning. It took some work each day to make sure we were living in a staged house, and always prepared for the person who wanted to come the same day.
I made sure dishes were in the dishwasher or put where they belonged, nothing was left in the sink. Laundry was started right when I got home; so that by the time any would come, they would be clean, resting in the dryer, or already folded and put where they belong. Vacuuming, dusting, and tidying my home were a daily must as well!
This part was a daily process, regardless if there was a set appointment or not. The few things we did, when we knew someone was coming, was put the dog kennel in my car and load the dogs into the back of the truck. This was an extra step we took, since we didn’t know if the interested party liked dogs or not.
This entire process was easier than it should have been. If it was not for decluttering our possessions, I could not imagine how much work it would have taken each evening to do everything that needed to be done. I know it wouldn’t have been staged the way it needed to be to sell it in the first showing! Thanks to decluttering and many other tips I have found, we were able to do just that!
Not Ready to Start Packing Up
I had just came accustom to the clutter free and less stressful environment. Now I had 30 days to pack everything else up and move onto the next step. The week leading up to our move out date was beyond stressful, but really when is moving not ever stressful?
It felt like backsliding, even though I was only packing things up to move them. The boxes, clutter of packing, and disorganization drove me insane! Of course, in this process, I found even more to let go of which was great! We packed up most of these items and decided a garage sale maybe in our future!
Our furniture to my parents home, and the rest went to my grandmother’s home. We were so blessed to not have to take anything to a storage unit and pay rental fees!
I realized in this short time, material possessions are only okay when useful or aesthetically pleasing. Everything else needs to a new home! Now I understood what it meant to live well and spend less. If you decide to only purchase necessities, odds are there isn’t much [if anything] left to purchase.
How did you feel after decluttering your home? Was it instant gratification or did it take some time? Let me know below in the comments!