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What Happens When You Stop Reorganizing Clutter!

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1 year ago….

The anxiety, the stress, the clutter!!! It is all too much! I have got to organize this place!

[organize, organize, organize, found a few things to toss, yay!]

Ahhh! Everything is in place… well sort of…. At least it is behind closed doors and cabinets.

11 months ago….

The anxiety, the stress, the clutter!!! It is all too much! I have got to organize this place!

[organize, organize, organize, found a few more things to toss, yay!]

Ahhh! Everything is in place… well sort of…. At least it is behind closed doors and cabinets.

10 months ago….

The anxiety, the stress, the clutter!!! It is all too much! I have got to get rid of some stuff!

[organize, organize, toss, toss, toss, yay!]

Ahhh! It feels so good to let go of a few things! Progress is being made!

9 months ago….

The anxiety, the stress, the clutter!!! It is STILL too much, and I’m not packing it all up when we move! Nope… not happening!

[pack up, toss, pack up, toss, toss, yay!]

Ahhh! It is so nice to get rid of some stuff before we move! The extra cash is definitely needed!

8 months ago….

The anxiety, the stress, the clutter!!! It is midnight on move out night and we are still packing boxes! Something has got to give!

[pack up, shove in car, pack up, shove in car, yay!]

I hate my life….

7 months ago….

Finally! It is move in day! But let’s be smart this time…. How about we gradually unpack everything and toss what we do not need along the way?

[unpack, toss, unpack, organize, unpack, toss, yay!]

Ahhh! Everything is falling into place! I can’t believe I am tossing more than I am keeping!

6 months ago….

[unpack, toss, unpack, organize, unpack, toss, yay!]

Ahhh! Everything is falling into place! I can’t believe I am tossing more than I am keeping!

5 months ago….

[unpack, toss, unpack, organize, unpack, toss, yay!]

Ahhh! Everything is falling into place! But I wonder if I really need everything here….. Time for a challenge!

4 months ago….

Alright, 30 Day Challenge, let’s do this!

[toss, toss, toss, think about tossing, toss yay!]

Ahhh! I cannot believe how much excess I had in my life! So glad it is gone!

3 months ago….

So this is what organizing necessities is like….

[soaking up the great feeling of progress, yay!]

Ahhh!

2 months ago….

The anxiety, the stress, the clutter!!!! No more!

[gardening, tending to our farm animals, yay!]

Ahhh! Life is grand!

1 month ago….

I wonder what being tidy is like… I wonder if there is anything else I can live without… wonder…

[toss, toss, toss, repurpose a few things, toss, toss, toss, yay!]

Ahhh! Tidy and I will get along just fine!

Today….

The peace, the clarity, the happiness!!! I love being tidy!

[soaking up happiness, yay!]

Ahhh! This is the way my home was meant to be!

Reorganizing clutter over and over again with no plan to change is the definition of insanity. What if you break the vicious cycle and actually declutter?

What Happens When You Stop Reorganizing Clutter

A year ago, I was a completely different person. I was always frustrated with excess things surrounding me. Never realized how bad it truly was until I made the decision to rid my life of it.

I continuously reorganized my clutter thinking it would somehow make it better, but reorganizing clutter is still clutter! I was living the very definition of insanity!

When I finally faced myself and asked the hard questions, different things started appearing as excess rather than potential. It was easier to distinguish a lot of what I did not need.

Getting rid of these things was not easy by any means, but it was worth it! I have not regretted a single decision of letting go of things.

I simply faced the music head on, worked through the difficult decisions, and kept focus on my goal. The day I realized I had met my goal, I could not help but smile.

It took me several months to work through this process, and when I made it, I could feel a true shift in what my life was going to be like.

No more clutter. No more excess. And no more frustration due to the things I owned.

Now I have the time to discover who I want to be without all of the distractions. I have passions that I am able to explore and develop, because I have the time. No longer am I organizing and reorganizing, because I am always organized.

If you are going through what I was going through a year ago, I strongly urge you to face your music and deal with the clutter. You will not regret it! There are so many upsides to purging the excess and having a home you could only dream about.

If you need a support system, vent about your frustrations, or have any questions, I am here for you!

Why am I here? Because you deserve to live the life you have dreamed about, and I believe ridding your life of distractions is the best way to get there!

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Marette @ Floradise
    June 13, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Love this! We just moved into a new apartment and I love that we don’t have more than we need. We are being so selective about what to get and where to put it.

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      June 13, 2016 at 9:46 am

      That’s great, Marette! I have realized if it is important, there will be adequate space to put it. If not, you probably don’t need it.

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    Jenni B
    June 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Great post! My husband is a hoarder. Baseball cards, baseball anything, clothes, SOCKS… I’ve secretly been throwing out things little by little. I love that there are other women out there like me, who can’t stand having so much STUFF. Simple is key!

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      June 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

      I definitely think simple is the best way! I’ve thrown out a few things my husband doesn’t know about, because it’s things that sit in the back of a closet he hasn’t touched in years! He has made an effort to at least be neater, because he has seen how nice it is to always have a clean space now that we have decluttered everything we own.

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    Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life
    June 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Yes! I’ve been thinking about how 9 times out of 10, we don’t need better storage solutions and closet organizers, we need less stuff! Less stuff is less stress and more room to breathe.

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      June 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better, Christine! I am still looking at how I can push the boundaries I have given myself. So far, I have found by doing this that I have improved my lifestyle!

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    Justine Y @ Little Dove
    June 13, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I love this post! I’m a lot like you were, I keep doing a little bit here and a little bit there but I feel like I could do so much more! I think part of the problem for me is just finding the time to go through things when my kids aren’t around to make the whole process take ten times longer.

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      June 14, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Time is definitely an issue when working towards decluttering. I found myself many times wishing for more hours in the day just so I could make it through a section. You will get there! I promise! Just keep working hard towards your goal, and good luck, Justine!

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    Amberly
    June 14, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’m really good at reorganizing clutter… or at least moving it to a room that I never go into. It’s been my goal since the beginning of May to deep clean, organize and declutter our entire house. I’ve been throwing things out and then I have a pile in our basement of giveaway/sell stuff. After I get through the entire house at the end of next month. I’ll start posting things on FB yard sales and KSL, trying to get rid of them. And then I’ll DI anything left in the middle of September. We have a new little one coming in October and I don’t want to have to deal with any of the extra clutter that I keep telling myself I need to do something with

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      June 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Amberly, that is great motivation to get it done! I packed mine away for a garage sale, and what does not sale will be donated or taken to a consignment shop if it has enough value.

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    Georgiana
    June 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    YES!!! I love living with less clutter. The only clutter we really have is in the kids’ room. Three years ago when we moved (twice!) we purged a TON. There was probably no other way it was going to happen.

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      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      June 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Georgiana, that is crazy! We moved last year and how I found out about Minimalism. You are right; I probably wouldn’t have done it any other way.

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    Susannah
    June 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Yes!!!! I HATE clutter!! I got rid of so much stuff when we moved here and now that we’ll be buying a house I’m going to get rid of even more stuff!!!!! It’s so freeing!

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      June 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      It is, Susannah! We did pretty much the same thing, but I am still working on the ‘why’ to having things. I’ve found it has allowed me to let go of even more since I’ve considered myself tidied.

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    Greta
    June 14, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Great read! I hate clutter and it always feels good to get rid of unnecessary things!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

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    Joscelyn | Wife Mama Foodie
    June 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    This is a great reminder. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I too find it such a challenge to eliminate the clutter.

  • Reply
    Christine
    August 11, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Love the post and your personality that radiates through your writing. I’m at the beginning of my minimalism journey and your blog is providing great inspiration!

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