The Arctic is melting and plastic sinks deep into the seas. This compels me to think of the environment when clearing space in my home.
I care about the environment (I worked in environmental sustainability – including waste reduction – for large organisations for 11 years).
Knowing where waste ends up and the damage it does, made me feel guilty about sending my decluttered stuff to landfill. Consequently, my excess stuff lived in the recesses of my garage, attic and cupboards.
Then I realised if I postpone getting rid of my junk, it’s destined for landfill eventually (when I leave the country, downsize or die). So now is the best time to send my stuff to landfill so I can enjoy a spacious home NOW.
Of course I still reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, but everything else goes to landfill, not my home.