The Deep Declutter

By Jennifer | Minimalism

It can take years to mentally gear yourself up for a Deep Declutter.

So yeah. I’ve moved 6 times in the past 4 years. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to declutter, and I’ve taken advantage of that every time.

But there are some things that stick around. That manage to be moved from house to house over time.

You know, the stuff you swore you wouldn’t be sentimental over because, well, they just don’t matter anymore.

  • A wedding dress and engagement ring from a failed marriage
  • A bunch of handwritten journals you’ve kept since college
  • Boxes of developed photos since before you had a digital camera

The Deep Declutter

Last week I was let go from my job. (Don’t worry, I was ecstatic in a really weird way.) During my funemployment week, I decided I would do a deep declutter. Really get into the depths of my past and get rid of the stuff that I was holding onto for no good reason. Physically make room for the things and the people that are 10x more important to me.

My game plan? Sell the dress to a Plato’s Closet or something of that nature. I don’t need to get top dollar for it. I just want it gone. Plus there’s no way it will fit me anymore after Beans!

Jenn wedding dress 2009
Jenn wedding dress 2009

The rings? Sell them on Worthy or sell them at a jewelry store.

selling engagement rings

The journals? Scan and pack into Evernote. (On another note, I’m reading them as I go… and I’ve been through some weird shit.)

The photos? Scan and pack into Photos. Try to date them as best I can.

The result: I’ll be physically and emotionally lighter. Can’t beat that.

Plus, I’m learning some very interesting things about my college-age self as I re-read my journals.

What are some things you’re holding onto that would need to be let go in a Deep Declutter? Share on Instagram or Twitter with #DeepDeclutter

Posted October 25, 2017

6 comments

  1. Brenna
    10/27/2017

    Cool post! It's amazing how much lighter one does feel after a deep declutter.

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    • Jennifer
      11/04/2017

      I definitely agree. I'm just still amazed at how much stuff I still had laying around that I could get rid of!

      Reply
  2. JT
    11/10/2017

    Great stuff! Do you still journal by hand? I've started writing more by hand recently to get some space from technology, but I feel a tad guilty about buying paper that I know I'm going to pretty immediately chuck/recycle.

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    • Jennifer
      11/15/2017

      I do not still journal by hand, unfortunately. It all gets done in the Day One app. It isn't as cool because I can no longer see how my neatness or messiness of handwriting reflects my mood. But yeah, I would like the tech break too, but these days I'm more likely to bang out a journal entry on my computer than sit down with a paper journal.

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  3. Ann C
    12/09/2017

    I find journaling by hand helps the thoughts flow. I discover thoughts and feelings of which I wasn't even aware. I also notice my handwriting changes with my moods. I appreciate your blog, at 69 I don't think I'm too old to improve my life and the lives of those I love.

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    • Jennifer
      12/09/2017

      Hi Ann, I agree, you’re definitely never to old to improve your life! Thanks for reading.

      Reply

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