Today I opened my cupboard and stood for a few minutes, took out few piles of clothes and tried counting. I stopped when I reached 40 as it was probably 1/5th of my collection. I own 200+ clothes and my aim is to reduce my possessions to a mere 100. how will it happen? I took out 7 items of clothing, and felt very nice. then I turned back to my cupboard and guess what? I couldn’t notice an inch of a difference in my cupboard. I mean imagine 7 items is not bad for a start and yet it wasn’t showing up.
de-cluttering takes time.
We end up under-estimating the amount of clothing and other things we accumulate over weeks, months and years. open your cupboard now (ok after you’re done reading) and start counting the pieces of cloth that are sleeping in your cupboard. you’ll be in for a shock. the clothes might weep and cry as you tell them it’s time to change homes, but have a brave heart and let go…
While it’s important to enjoy the process of de-cluttering, do not get impatient if the process is taking longer. instead realize that even a pin, discarded is a victory. the lesson is that everything counts. discarding a pen can be as significant as discarding a laptop.
No, I’m serious. in fact it’s the little stuff that clogs our lives much more. and if you do not toss them, they’ll be just hovering over you.
so never give-up midway. I too am waiting for the day when i’m able to enjoy the visible and invisible effects of de-cluttering.