Saturday morning and I found myself home alone. OH had gone out with the dog, Little Bird had gone to her basketball training and I decided it was a good time to do a spot of decluttering of some things that I find the hardest of all to declutter, namely Little Bird's baby clothes and other items.
Please don't judge, I know I probably should have got rid of these a long time ago, but for reasons I won't go into here, many of the items are very sentimental to me and I find it incredibly hard to throw them out or donate them.
In all honesty, it has taken me years to get to where I am now with decluttering these items and I've still got a box full of them sat on top of my linen cupboard. I came to the conclusion a long time ago, that I just have to do the job in small spurts and let go of what I can when I can. I don't put too much pressure on myself, I just keep going back to the box and deciding if I can let go of a few more items each time. Baby steps, literally.
On this attempt, I started off well enough and was feeling particularly gung ho. I stopped part way and had a bath, which was probably an error, as in doing so I had time to think about what I was doing and consequently some things went back into the box once I'd got out of the bath. Better to be cautious than have serious regrets I say.
Anyway, towards the end, Little Bird came home and took a look through the box with me and we cooed over the tiny clothes she used to wear. It was quite nice to do this. I didn't get rid of a whole lot, but a good 20 or so items went into the donation pile, were thrown away or put aside to be re-purposed, which did make me feel a lot better. There's still a lot of work to do here, both physically and emotionally, but I'm not in a hurry. I can feel myself becoming more detached from some of the items left, even as I speak, so some progress was made.
Do you have any weak spots when it comes to decluttering? I guess we all have, but I do believe we'll get where we want to be in the end, wherever that is. That's the thing about simplifying. It means something different to each of us. I don't want to get rid of everything, but I don't want to keep everything either. There is a balance to be found and slowly but surely, I think I'm creeping closer to it.