I am not sure if it is just us, but over the Christmas holiday period, my wife, Kerry and I decided to do a bit of decluttering.
In retrospect, I donâ€™t think it was just us. In fact, one day I was dropping some goods at the local charity shop and I was the last car they were letting drop off for the day. It was 10:30 am. They had had so many goods dropped off that morning, they didnâ€™t have the capacity to process everything more that day.
So why the sudden interest in decluttering?
Is this something that people do early in the New Year â€“ in with the new â€“ out with the old, or is there something else afoot?
Certainly, there has been a bit of a movement in recent years around the general concepts of minimalism, tiny houses, and living a more simplified life â€“ which I personally really like.
These days it is not hard to find a plethora of content on YouTube and Netflix covering topics ranging from a person sharing their tips and ideas to full blown â€˜production qualityâ€™ video series from the likes of Marie Kondo, The Minimalists, Matt Dâ€™Avella, and even our own home-grown Peter Walsh.
But what really prompted us to take a closer look at our situation was Kerryâ€™s parents.
As they are advancing in years, they have found living in a freestanding suburban home getting a little too much to manage. So, they decided to sell and move to a nearby retirement village. This all happened in late January 2019. To top things off, Kerryâ€™s mother had managed to break both arms just before Christmas, so packing up a lifetime of treasures was going to be a challenge.
In helping them pack, what was so revealing was the sheer amount of stuff one gathers up over a lifetime. Things that havenâ€™t been used for years and will never be needed in the new home.
Anyway, the long and the short is that Kerryâ€™s parents have now moved into their new home, but the car is still living outside the garage. I feel there will be a lot more decluttering to go before the car can find shelter out of the elements.
And most of the packing boxes that littered the house â€“ yes, another trip hazard â€“ have been emptied out.
But what was the real lesson for us?
While we could never be called hoarders, we certainly have more than we need to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. As a result, we have been progressively attacking our house with renewed â€˜declutteringâ€˜ vigour.
After all, who needs a large collection of DVDs â€“ or even a DVD player for that matter â€“ in this day and age?