2016 was a year full of lessons from decluttering.
2547 lessons in fact!
Who would have thought you could learn so much about yourself through the process of chucking out a bunch of stuff you no longer need?
You may remember we took on the challenge to declutter 2016 items in 2016. You can catch up on the start of our journey here. We decided to map our progress in a shared Google sheet, to keep us honest and motivated. Turns out the spreadsheet is a content goldmine! As I was analysing the findings anyway, I figured I would share the results with you in a nice infographic format. Perhaps our lessons can inform your own?
Here is how we went with our decluttering challenge
So, what did we learn?
We were sitting on 241 items that were either broken or worn out!
We were able to give a new life to things by donating them.
We are proud of the fact that we recycled a lot of stuff. We are also grateful for the fact that we could. Not everyone would have access to a plastic recycling facility for example. That’s where all our unwanted CD’s and DVD’s went. Thank goodness because sending that many things to landfill would have broken our hearts.
We really do need less stuff than we thought we did.
We had a serious electronics fetish. One of us had a stationery habit. The other had more tools than they used.
We had a stack of storage containers that we no longer need because we don’t need to store as much stuff!
We got clearer on what we like and dislike.
We were disgusted by how much money has been wasted on buying things we clearly didn’t need. What’s more, we know that some higher price items represented times when we went into debt for our purchases. Very humbling lesson indeed.
Hubby summed up his takeaways with this beautiful pearl of wisdom:
Decluttering keeps everything in focus. Nothing is hidden & everything is close to hand. Click To Tweet
Decluttering keeps everything in focus. Nothing is hidden, you don’t need to move it to clean, you can easily find what you need. – Andrew Searles
Building new habits around stuff
Knowledge is power. We should not ignore the lessons offered here.
We will not get sucked into new technology.
We will use things up.
We will buy only what we truly need.
We will find ways to repurpose objects.
We will share with & borrow items from others.
We will treat ourselves to better quality things.
We will not get swayed by fashion. We will opt for timeless choices.
We will choose more sustainable goods.
We will not buy anything on credit, hire purchase, personal loan etc. We will buy only what we can afford.
Have we finished decluttering?
No. Not even close. There is plenty more to let go of.
Are we going for 2017 items in 2017? Hell yes!
We’ve already started a new spreadsheet.
Have we inspired you to try your hand at decluttering?
From my heart to yours,