I don’t feel guilty for all the “stuff” we have in our house. Each item has a story behind it, even if the story is about my need at the time to have a different color or pattern of the same item. I don’t see a need to get rid of any of it.
A glance at each item evokes a memory of a person or place where the item originated. The items in our home are a story of our life.
Our parents never had a cluttered home. They didn’t have money to buy items to clutter their home. They made purchases of food and clothing and paid the heating bill. Clutter wasn’t a topic of conversation until the early 1990’s.
Many books have been written on the subject. Go to Amazon and type in the work “clutter.” You may be as surprised as I am at the number of books written on how to declutter your home.
Steve and I have made some major changes in our home and how we use it and that required getting rid of a lot of “stuff.”
We had a bedroom with two single beds that has been used maybe four times in the nearly five years we have been here. We packaged up the beds and bedding and gave that to Habitat for Humanity.
We repurposed the bedroom into a library. We reviewed everything in our bookcases and gave a ton of novels and DVDs to the local library. We moved the book cases from our bedroom into the library. Placing a table in the center allows us a place to read or do projects or play games if we wish.
We bought new dressers for our bedroom which provides space for our clothes and accessories in one place. It is all good.
For what may be the first time in my life, I have evaluated everything before placing it on a shelf or in a drawer. Do I want this? Am I going to use this? Does this item serve a valuable purpose? It is OK to dispose of things I have no use for. If an item is not good enough for me, Goodwill probably doesn’t need it either. Throw it away and don’t feel guilty. I did that.
Steve and I even cleaned out those drawers full of paper that held instructions and guarantees on products in our home. We still have the paper, but it is neatly arranged in a binder that is more accessible if we need it.
My friend, Karen Putz, said I would find energy in the project. I laughed at that idea until I completed the table linens drawer. The tablecloths fit perfectly on one side. The napkins, tucked in Skubb containers from IKEA, fit perfectly on the other side. I excitedly called Steve to check out this very neat drawer.
Maybe at the end of this project, our home will be as perfectly neat as our son Thom and his wife Tracey’s home. They have the neatest home of anyone I know.
I just read The Wall Street Journal Magazine “A Lesson in Harmony” showing very uncluttered areas. Steve and I may never have a totally uncluttered home, but we are happy where we are at.
What is your opinion of the perfect home or work space?
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