It took about two years to finish the decluttering project. I didn’t use any specific method (e.g. KonMari) and the aim wasn’t to do everything at once. Some items were more difficult than others and that’s why it took time. It wasn’t always easy to decide whether to try to sell something or give it away for free. Some old stuff from the childhood or related to other memories were time-consuming as it wasn’t easy to decide what to do with them, or it took time to let go of things. In sum, I didn’t save much of it, finally I got rid of almost everything. It took some time to get used to the idea, but it was the right decision, thinking about it afterwards. And I like more the Kaizen type of method where you take small steps every day to improve the situation. So in a way the project will never end, because some part of it can always be improved. Of course, to see some quick results, KonMari as a method could be better.
But what next? I have reached a level where I think I now only have the stuff I really need (or there is very little extra of it, yes, some bracelet or kitchen knife that I could still get rid of). The question is what to do with all the empty space? I was trying to find ideas to solve this problem, but there were none to be found. There is much written about efficient decluttering techniques or methods, but what happens when you have reached the point that you are ready and don’t know what to do with the empty space? There is a risk that the empty space is being filled up again with furniture or other stuff. Or is the only solution to move to a smaller apartment and downsizing even more? To buy useless furniture doesn’t seem like a solution. The empty space looks weird. But the good thing about it is that cleaning isn’t time-consuming, or there is hardly any cleaning that needs to be done. I can find everything I need, and with the decluttered wardrobe I have no issues with what to wear. I have changed most of my clothing to clothes made of merino wool that need to be washed very seldom. This means that the wardrobe can consist of less pieces of clothing as it is possible to wear the same pair of socks or the same shirt for several days or weeks.
Before this decluttering project I always thought the only and logical decision was to move to a bigger apartment or house “as the kids are growing and they need more space”. The kids nowadays need less and less stuff as they are only interested in electronic devices. If I meet someone for coffee it is usually in the city center, not at home. Owning a big coffee table and having sofas around it was some idea from the past, but it isn’t necessary nowadays. To be honest I have thought about getting rid of the sofa. Nobody uses the sofa, it is more like a big decoration in the living room.
I don’t like to pay for extra space I don’t need. Maybe the decluttering will result in further downsizing.