Sentimental Hoarding ; Decluttering my house for my sanity

Although it doesn’t look like it outside, Spring has officially started, and with it came something I usually hate: Spring Cleaning!

You see, over the years I have semi-unknowingly become what I like to call a sentimental hoarder.

I have a closet full of clothes; 90% of them are there because I used to love them, because they might fit again, or come back in style…

I have a stockpile of toiletries; they were gifts, they were on sale, I love the packaging, maybe we will have guests who would like to use them… but generally speaking we use sensitive skin, natural, unscented products.

Our front closet overflows with shoes, coats and reusable bags- but between the 5 of us we use maybe 10 pair of footwear & 5 jackets.

Baby stuff. Oh my gosh the baby stuff. How can I let go of the bins upon bins of baby stuff… all the “just incase” baby equipment. But almost a year ago we decided we wouldn’t try for any more babies…

When we bought this house we hired movers. We sold and were moving out of our first home; a 3 Bedroom, 2 story brick house… the movers said they had never seen a family AT ALL with so much stuff.

The moving company predicts how much truck space they will need for your move based on how many bedrooms, how many people and the square footage of your house. They needed nearly double the average for our family and Home size!

That alone should have been a big eye opener. But we had so much to do in this new house that we didn’t even have time to think about it. We were moving into a certain portion of the house and beginning top to bottom renovations with one child and a baby (and I got pregnant again within a couple months) so unpacking anything at all wasn’t even on our list of to-dos.

Fast forward two years, and the house is livable. We have sooo much to do still but we have come such a far way, including taking truckloads and truckloads of stuff to the dump and to donation warehouses.

But I still have tons of stuff that I just can’t let go of.

Until now.

Something I have come to recognize so quickly in this selfcare journey is that clutter makes me crazy! I don’t want extra stuff!

I have been reading up on minimalism and if it weren’t for the family of five factor I would definitely become a minimalist. The simplicity of the lifestyle is so attractive. So stress-free.

So for now, at the very least, I have started a massive declutter! A huge and way overdue purge of all things we just do not need in the house.

One room a week is my goal. This week I am focussed on my own bedroom, and loving every second of it. It feels sooo good to let go!

I will soon post more details, outlining which rooms I will focus on each upcoming week, and will be sure to share photos of my progress!

Are you a sentimental hoarder? A minimalist? Have you found a great way to declutter and organize your home?

Please share more!!

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