How did I decide to live a less cluttered life?
Between college, work, and fellowship, I moved 8 times in the last 9 years before I settled in a 950 square foot apartment in the Washington D.C. area with my new husband. Before this, we had two places totaling 2100 square feet and two apartments' worth of furniture. I collected stuff all through my travels and paid thousands to move it with me. Suddenly all 121 boxes of it was sitting in my living room!
A few weeks later I was watching a video by Dave Crenshaw about time management when I realized that I wasn't feeling stressed because I was managing my time badly. No, I was stressed out because I had too much in my life, in every way. I don't need 121 boxes of stuff.
How did my-parents-the-hoarders affect my decision to start decluttering?
Since college, every time I would go home I would find myself getting more frustrated with the offices that were filled to my shoulders with junk, the piles of boxes that didn't belong to me but kept ending up in my room, and the 1000-square foot basement that was filled with junk. I realized that this wasn't normal. No, my parents are hoarders. I was not going to turn into my parents.
ps. Yes, the junk-filled room in the banner is my folks' basement. It's really that bad.