We all want it, but don’t want to put the energy into actually doing it. It’s like wanting a six pack, you can read all the articles and print out all the workouts but until you overhaul your refrigerator and actually make it to the gym nothing is going to change.

For the past two years I have been conscious of my spending and have been trying to live as a functional minimalist. Only bringing in what is needed and really thinking about each and every purchase. This allows me to never have the feeling of … “ugh, it’s that time of year again I need to purge and FREE myself of all my clutter” It’s empowering to finally let go of that story and make daily decisions towards owning less.

I remember in the past I’ve told people I’m a minimalist and by some peoples standards maybe I could have been seen that way. The reality was I was constantly buying and then constantly purging. Hangers would open up and then within no time be filled again. I was always surprised as if I hadn’t done the shopping to fill them back up.

While working with my clients I continue to remind them of their habits, not in a mom nagging way (sorry moms, I know you get a bad rep even though you are just trying to help!) but in a way to make them aware. My favorite part of each session is when the light bulb goes off and they learn a bit more about themselves. Its amazing how little we know about who we are and what habits we have.

Once you simplify what you own, other areas of your life start coming together. You will stop avoiding tasks and just get them done. I’ve seen it happen with a number of clients, and it always makes me smile at how surprised they are with the internal transformation throughout the process of decluttering!

If you take one thing from this.. stop reading articles, stop thinking about what you need to do, stop making excuses… START doing. Pick one task, turn on a timer for 30 minutes and START. Or call me and I’ll put you though a little decluttering bootcamp. Looking at the mound of stuff you own isn’t going to make it disappear, just get in there and start letting go.. its liberating.. I promise!

Sarah Parisi – The Clutter Curator
Chicago’s Premier Home Organizer