It’s Week 12 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 12: Your Favorite Personality Trait
Believe it or not, I wasn’t always organized. Seriously, if you don’t believe me just ask my Dad. He can tell you horror stories about my childhood bedroom. Growing up, I went through spells of decluttering. I didn’t know this was what it was at the time at the time, or even that it was minimizing my space at all. I just knew that I wanted to get rid of junk. My mother would say things like “you might want that someday” or “don’t throw that out.” However, I can say with certainty at 23 years old, that all those things I got rid of while decluttering I don’t miss. I never thought of myself as much of a minimalist and I didn’t really have a knack for organizing my things. I didn’t know this skill I had developed as a kid would become incredibly useful when I was on my own as an adult.
There is nothing that bothers me more than a messy house. I remember taking a quiz last week and one of the questions asked “at what point do you start to tidy?” There were four pictures of a table and each one had a varying degrees of clutter. I was surprised to find myself bothered by the very first picture which had a computer and only one or two other objects on the desk. While others may have looked at the picture and seen a well organized desk, I saw a cluttered one.
Over the past few years, I have fine-tuned my minimalist eye and learned how to properly organize and take care of my things. While this sounds like something simple that an elementary student could handle, most people can’t properly tidy their home. If you are cleaning your home just to have it turn up a mess in a few days, you are not properly tidying either.
I was under the impression that a clean and well organized space was in fact a tidy one, but I was horribly mistaken. A space in which the belongings in it do not function properly is not an organized space. A good example in my home is one particular cabinet in my kitchen. Despite my best efforts, this cabinet continues to stump even my best organization ideas. No matter how many times I go underneath and reorganize, by the end of the week it is a mess again.
A personality trait I’ve acquired over the years has been the ability to declutter a space, even if it has sentimental items within it. This is something that sounds pretty uneventful, but has become a blessing to our home. I have been spending my months working through our home to completely rid it of clutter, and it has transformed the way our home works. Our dining room functions as more than just a storage area now, our living room has a relaxing feel to it again. These are just some of the benefits my decluttering has bestowed us with.
I have read dozens of books on tidying a home or decluttering. I even finished the popular decluttering novel The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up last month. I have always felt that if you were to look back on your life and realize the things that came natural to you and the things you enjoyed, you would be surprised to find that many of those qualities are still present in your life today. I’m grateful that I know what I’m good at, and one of those things is decluttering.