One of the first things I sharply became aware of in the beginning of my decluttering journey, as I was throwing away things that are old, broke, expired, irrelevant, and unfitting, is my impact on the world around me.
As things started slowly making their way to the trash bin, at the same time as I was learning about our landfills, methane release, global warming, garbage islands, and animals dying from eating plastic, I became terrified with the fact that in my desire to clear my space and my life I am now polluting the planet in a very obvious way, dragging bags and bags of trash out to be whisked away by the garbage fairy.
Feeling paralyzed between the desire for space and clarity and the fear of adding trash to our landfills which pollute our air, soil, and water for generations to come, I felt lost and powerless in my desire to do good and my fear of causing harm.
That was 7 years ago.
Over the years I slowly learned ways to unite both sides of the Me-Earth spectrum and today, as I'm packing up our house, and in response to my clients who are struggling with the similar seemingly no-win choice, here's what I learned.
I recall our last move and the amount of extra everything we had to move because we still shopped at the Big Box store. Our friends mercilessly made fun of us and we twisted our brains trying to figure out where to store 32 rolls of toilet paper, 24 dish sponges, and 12 bottles of olive oil.
This time around I'm clam and confident knowing that I can pack up our house in 1 day. There will be no extra of anything, everything we're taking with us are the things we love and use. And anything that will be left behind will be put back into circulation through donations, recycling, or gifting.
Freedom and a peace of mind are easy.
They just have to be chosen.