Is Your Life Too Cluttered?

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5/2/2012 6:00 PM   :  118 comments   :  36,186 Views

Seven years ago, I lived in a 240-square-foot apartment on the 15th floor of a high-rise building on the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea. Just 10 feet wide and 24 feet long, my furnished apartment had a galley kitchen with two burners, a bathtub that was about the size of a utility sink, and a bedroom that doubled as an office and living room.

Everything I owned could fit in two suitcases and a couple of carry-ons, and for over 12 months, I bought only those items I could either mail home, donate, or use after my time in Korea was up.

I baked cookies in a toaster oven, hung my laundry on a rack near the foot of my bed, and had only a small closet for my clothes.

I loved it.  I felt safe, cocooned, and comfortable in that cozy little apartment. I had everything I needed and little more. It was easy to clean and I never wasted time searching for objects.

I hate clutter, but I struggle to control it. It stresses me out to amass objects that I don't need, and I don't take comfort in having more "things" in my life. I'm terrible at decorating, and truthfully, my apartment is barer than most. Still, I felt like I had too much stuff, especially when faced with the prospect of packing and moving all of it.

Before my last move, I set out to get rid of 25% of my belongings.

I hosted a clothing swap party, gave clothes and shoes to friends and family,  then donated the rest.

I sorted through my books, DVDs, and magazines. Anything I hadn't watched in a year or that I wouldn't consider re-reading (or consulting for reference), I recycled or sold at a used book store.

All the boxes of stuff--photos, letters, train tickets, and scraps of paper--I've collected during my travels were whittled down to one box. I had saved every train ticket and Metro stub from a half-dozen trips to France almost a decade ago. They heat-sensitive ink had faded, and they weren't legible. Into the recycling they went.

Not even the kitchen, my favorite room in the house, was exempt. I shed all the single-use gadgets (like a shrimp deveiner--I'm vegan!), any duplicates, and moved all my bulk items into jars and plastic containers.

I still have enough clothes to wear in any situation, enough photos to remember all my trips, and enough kitchen gear to whip up a multi-course meal.

Getting rid of all that stuff felt good. Very good.

So I kept going, aiming to strip down other areas of my life as well.

But why?

Today I read this: "Most of us have little idea how many things in our lives keep us from enjoying life more. But one’s life can be cluttered by more than household objects. The irritating extras can include activities that are no longer rewarding but are continued out of habit or guilt. Perhaps it’s time for a more extended kind of housecleaning."

New York Times writer Jane Brody has been documenting her own battle with clutter, and this week she checked in with a column that explained that clutter goes beyond yarn collections and overflowing closets.

All that stuff keeps us from enjoying life. The more stuff you have, the more time you spend organizing it, cleaning it, and maintaining it.

Though I don't have any physical collections, I realized that I "collected" in other areas of life: friends, activities, social and volunteer obligations, online life.
I felt like I couldn't fit it all in, and I wrote about my struggles and sacrifices while balancing all of life's demands.

So I started saying NO. (Politely of course.)

No to the people I really didn't want to see, to the volunteer projects I really didn't want to work on, to the invites to events that interfered with my yoga and running schedule.

It feels good.

These days my life is smaller and less cluttered in all senses of the word. Still, I always look for opportunities to continue to shed what I don't need.

I don't need to be lifelong Facebook friends with every person I meet. I don't need to have 16 bottles of nail polish (or 4, even). I don't need to buy extras of everything, just in case.

While I have a lot more than I did when I lived in that 240-square-foot apartment, my life feels more manageable.  Just enough friends, just enough clothes, and just enough stuff. With plenty of time left for everything that really matters--like healthy eating and fitness!

How about you? Do you struggle to manage all the stuff in your life--friends, obligations, objects? How do you deal?
Do you try to shed unnecessary objects from your life?

 
 


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  • 118
    I saw this article a few months back, and was so happy to be able to find it again! Like so many others, it really hit home with me and I decided that I needed to do more than just purge all of the extra weight I've been carrying, but all of the extra crap in my life as well. I'm a single parent, and never would have dreamed just how much stuff one little kid can accumulate in a few short years. We had a yard sale yesterday, and didn't even get rid of half of what I'd dragged out, but we did manage to get a lot out of our home. I'm still debating between a second yardsale next weekend or just taking the left over clothing to the consignment shops to let them deal with it - what they won't take can join the other 18 bags of clothing that I donated yesterday - I'm not looking to bring any of it back into the house!
    Another great incentive for me to purge the excess was the death of my grandmother back in July - she was 96 and had lived in the same home since 1947 - I've always loved going to her house- the furniture was the same & in the same place with the exception of two rooms my entire life. The one room, her den, she would move the sleeper sofa from one wall to the other when we got her set up with her first computer, the other room was mine - when I moved in with her when I was in college -I re-arranged that one, not her. But after she was gone, my mother complained about how much crap there was to go through & how she doesn't have tons of garbage like that for my sister & I to contend with when she dies. It's funny how people perceive their own belongings - from where I sit, she has one whole room lined with bookshelves & those decorative boxes just filled with all sorts of crap.
    Looking around my house, I have way too many of my sons school papers saved, too many of my own documents that need to go and that's just the tip of the iceberg. My mother doesn't help - she's always bringing envelopes filled with coupons, recipes or decluttering/organizing tips or magazines, etc. I've told her repeatedly - I'm not bringing another piece of paper into my home until I get it under control, she stops for a little while, then she starts to bring them in & just leave them on the counter or the coffee table without saying anything. Now I just need an article that tells me how to declutter my life from people that continue to sabotage my efforts with their 'good intentions'! Thanks for the article though - definitely a help! - 8/24/2014   10:34:14 PM
  • INCH_BY_INCH
    117
    This certainly is a true fact and a struggle. So the last few years I been purging things as well. The kids have moved on so it became a question why am I housing it. I can only handle so much clutter and de-organizing. So I try to handle a few boxes and executive decisions. It is surprising how much more real estate is in my house by getting rid of things. - 9/8/2013   9:14:51 AM
  • 116
    Simplify Clarify Economize is the mantra on my fridge.
    I inherited my mom's house and clutter. For 5 years now I've been slowly donating her collections as well as going thru my own stuff. I don't want my kids to have to go thru the same thing. I feel lighter every time a batch leaves the house. One box/cabinet/drawer at a time; if I focus on more I get over whelmed and stop completely. - 3/23/2013   2:34:34 PM
  • 115
    I used to keep my house clean but always had one room or one closet full of clutter that I just couldn't seem to get around to wrangling. Unfortunately, now my house isn't clean and there is clutter everywhere. I'm embarrassed at the thought of anyone coming into my house. I make plans to get up early on my days of and tackle the mess but never seem to be able to make myself do it. I'll even get partial cleaning and straightening done but just can't stick with it and finish the whole house. Lots of excuses or deals made for doing things later. I know what started this trend but I don't know what it will take to end it. - 8/6/2012   12:21:03 AM
  • CAMILLEDEMAITRI
    114
    Right On!! I'm in the process of whittling down my belongings....that fill a 12' X 60' mobile home....to what I can fit in my compact car. Load after load I've taken to the library and thrift stores. Although I've been through large stuff-reduction episodes in the past, never to this extent, and it's liberating!!

    I'll be moving from Florida to Oregon to start a new life...a new life that I intend to fill with people and meaningful activities and love of all kinds. There's no room in that life for distracting clutter: hobbies that have lost my interest, books collecting dust, artifacts from a past that's dead and gone.

    I'm keeping only the most favorite clothes, meaningful objects, and item that serve essential functions.

    The freedom already feels awesome!! And when I arrive in that new life, moving into it will take only hours instead of days. I won't need a large apartment; a studio or efficiency will be sufficient. I'll be able to focus on what's REALLY important instead of where to stash 8 boxes of books and 3 garbage bags of fabric and yarns.

    Thank you for your blog!! I get it!!! - 6/14/2012   6:46:09 AM
  • 113
    It's so funny that I'm commenting on this article, because I was attempting to declutter my email box when I stumbled across it... it's been in my inbox unread just like the other 328 unread messages I have that have arrived in the past 2 months!!!! That's almost 14 pages... and I have a total of 52 pages of emails with the oldest email from 1/8/00 from somebody named shelley from school that wrote teacers in the subject line with a link I'm now afraid to check in the body of the email!!!! Why!!!! I'm asking have I kept this for 12 years!!!!!

    Until now I thought I don't really collect "stuff" I dont have a "closet" to keep it all in... I had to move back home 6 years or so ago, after moving around on my own every year since I left for college at 18. (I"m now 31 and living at home.) I was proud that everything I cherished I could pack up in 10 minutes, and be on the move again, now I look around and I feel like I have crap everywhere... I live in the family den that's more like a studio room. with 3 walls made of windows. I have a cluttered, paper strewn desk, a small book case filled with old outdated text books (I haven't finished school yet... life distractions and all), I have an Ikea wardrobe for a closet that acts also as my storage space, and a shelf in it for my toiletries, a turtle with her own box of crap, and a dog bed that has a blanket and a pillow... the rest of my space has one sisters desk, anothers treadmill that's only being used to hold folding beach chairs, a large tv hutch with a tv, and more outdated books, and another tv stand with old cd's on it's shelves, and a cat carrier sitting on top of the tv... the funny part is I dont use any of it!!! I netflix on my computer which has a spot on my bed!!! I live in a fishbowl/storage unit, that still has just drywall and plaster on the walls... we haven't been able to paint because the contractor disappeared 3 years ago before he finished!!!! LOL...

    My friends love to come over, and dream about what they would do with my room, they love the openness, the space, the view of the pool, and sense of homeiness i've etched it into... I have solid light green sheets that I made into curtains that "puddle" on the floor (I was too lazy to cut them to size)... that give an airy light, and dreamy type feel to the place... Or at leat that's what I've been told... I just put them up so I could get some privacy from the neighbors lol.. I'm telling you all this becasue I think I need to do more than just declutter my email box... Maybe it's a good thing I was reading my old emails... becuause maybe its finally time for me to start to get rid of all the other clutter in my life that i've been holding onto that's just causing me to lose sight of my life... as for toxic friends well I'm all for the delete them from FB, and kindly start saying no thank you... I did that 2 days ago to an old friend that I finally realized had been making feel unjustly horrible about myself for the past 3 years... I deserve a better friend!!!!... Today is the day I open my eyes... I think it's time for me to yet again take control of my life, and give myself the ok to let go... after all its all just stuff... It's a reminder of a bettter time, but so are the things I learned, and the memories I gained from that time, and those things are all neatly stored in my head, and at the ready whenever I need them... cause well that's why we keep it all right...for the memories??? Well it's time for me to put my memories to use, and regain that happiness I felt when I could pack up all my treasures in 10 minutes... well lets say 20 now, after all I do have a turtle, a dog, and a cat to pack up as well :) - 5/26/2012   6:13:34 PM
  • 112
    I have a huge mess with clutter in my bedroom.I need to go through everything and decided what is needed and what is trash.And then I will have more room to workout.

    I am planning on doing it this evening.Hopefully I can get somewhere with the mess. - 5/24/2012   5:49:42 PM
  • 111
    Plus, it's good to deal with your clutter yourself rather than leaving it for your relatives to deal with. I am at the age where relatives are passing away, and then the poor grieving adult children have to not only mourn, but deal with (and sometimes fight over and create permanent family rifts) over clutter that isn't even theirs, while still trying to work their own jobs, deal with their own households AND the loss of a parent. I don't think it's right to do that to your kids. - 5/20/2012   2:17:39 AM
  • 110
    Wow. I needed to read this today. I read Flylady and keep the kitchen,laundry,bathroom clutter free and clean. My biggest issue is the office and wardrobe.Flylady suggests to start at 15 mins a day to start to de-clutter. - 5/19/2012   10:14:38 PM
  • 109
    I don't like clutter either, but I do collect certain items. This article helped me to see that maybe I need to let go of certain "habits" also. Thanks for sharing! - 5/14/2012   1:39:43 PM
  • LTCRAUN
    108
    I hate clutter!! It makes me feel angry, worthless, and disrespected. So, I follow a 6 month rule: I have I used it in the last six months? Will I use it in the next 6 months? Living in Montana, we definitely have 4 seasons, and everything for those seasons. So, things like camping gear, skiing, hunting, fishing fall under the 6 month rule with an exception: catastrophe didn't allow us to use it (forest fire, loss of house, loss of job, failing health of family member) and we plan to use it this year. At the end of the season, if it did not get used again and there was no catastrophe in play, the stuff goes. Garage sale season is a great time to donate to local groups who are doing fundraisers, etc. In many cases they will pick up!!

    I keep boxes and bags set out in an easy place to get to so when I decide that something needs to go (really, do I need to wear uncomfortable clothes for fashion's sake? NO!! Even if it is cute, expensive, whatever, it goes). When the box or bag gets full, off it goes to local charities.

    Another rule I have had to recently put into effect for my husband and daughter is if I have to pick it up, it becomes mine. Then I hold it for ransom, like cleaning the house, making the bed, doing dishes, vacuuming the car, etc. :-) We are definitely making progress!!

    These steps have been a long time in coming, so give yourself time to decide what path is best for you....and it is ok to stumble and fall sometimes! :-)
    - 5/11/2012   10:36:49 PM
  • 107
    The digital age is great--I don't need to hold on to books, cds, dvds, photos, papers, etc the way I used to. I can keep all of it on a computer, back it up on a hard drive and keep a spare copy in my bank safe deposit box just in case. But the truth is, I rarely look back at these things...

    Services like Netflix and Pandora have helped me to enjoy more and buy less. Rentals (ie a boat, a vacation house, a bike, a video game, a car, a video game etc.) are often much better to purchase--less maintenance & expense.

    I've been trying to limit things that don't add to my health in an attempt to further simplify--alcohol, sugar, toxic friends, mindless entertainment, etc.

    And the thing about friends--if you don't walk away from the majority of your friends with a positive experience, the paring down is the BEST thing you can do for yourself. Your time is the most precious thing you have; who you share it with should be equally as precious (even if that means hanging out by yourself!!) - 5/11/2012   5:42:54 PM
  • 106
    Great blog! I've lived in my house for 13 years now & am remodeling my kitchen. As I started putting things back in my cabinets, I'm donating duplicate items & those that I haven't used forever. I'm also doing away with having a "junk drawer." - 5/11/2012   11:18:03 AM
  • 105
    I appreciate this article because that was me. I especially would do things out of guilt. When I went back for my masters degree and continued to teach and be a mom, I quickly realized that stuff had to go. I stopped doing a lot of stuff at my job and church. Even my extended family. By learning to say no and tell my husband I needed time (mostly family activities are with his family because they live close by) life got better! Even though I am done with school. I keep in mind about what I agree to do. I have taken on more responsibilities with work but they are all things I want to do! - 5/10/2012   1:46:09 PM
  • 104
    I loved reading this. I hate clutter and would get rid of so much if it were just up to me. Too many things around me stress me out to no end. The trouble is that I have two boys who are constantly given toys by family members. It's not that I don't appreciate them for thinking of my children, but it's gotten out of control. We live in a smaller house and I feel like I am suffocating. I have some Boyd's Bears that I had tried to collect a number of years ago that are packed in those big plastic rubbermaid boxes. I wanted to donate those but my husband looked devestated. I bought those as presents for you! he tells me. Some day I will get rid of stuff I hope. - 5/10/2012   1:27:17 PM
  • MRSGOAT97
    103
    I wouldn't throw things away. They still had use and I felt I had to recycle or I was doing it wrong. Then fire took care of the problem for me. It was both horrifying and a relief. Now my goal is to continue the process, release the stuff and revitalize my life.
    Your story is so inspiring! You make is sound so easy but to me, losing the stuff is almost harding than losing weight! Thanks for sharing. - 5/10/2012   6:16:29 AM
  • 102
    Decluttering things that I don't need AND make me unhappy makes me feel better and lighter. But getting of stuff just to do it? Everyone is different. I don't find that necessary. - 5/9/2012   10:24:17 PM
  • 101
    My problem is my craft items. I have culled them greatly, but I still have quite a bit of materials. At least I come by it honestly. My mother has saved fabric for 20-30 years. - 5/9/2012   5:03:46 PM
  • 100
    For anyone looking for help in decluttering, check out FlyLady.net it is an excellent resouce and best of all FREE! - 5/9/2012   12:46:40 PM
  • 99
    This really hit home. Especially ...
    "All that stuff keeps us from enjoying life. The more stuff you have, the more time you spend organizing it, cleaning it, and maintaining it."

    We are in the process of de-cluttering our home. It's a challenge because both MDH and I are pack rats. Just this weekend I decided to discard a paper trail from the past by shredding my old work files from 25 years ago. Most were college and work files from my first career as a teacher. I emptied three boxes and found some great resource materials to donate to the local book fair. That felt good to accomplish and has me pondering what part of the basement -- my life -- I want to de-clutter next! - 5/9/2012   9:39:57 AM
  • 98
    Pack rat - yep that's me.

    I work at it - but I think it is a character trait - and not always a bad one! - 5/8/2012   11:19:47 AM
  • ACICEDA
    97
    Interesting story/blog here. I find myself quite often stoppping and wondering what in the world I am thinking.

    I am military and used to moving. I lived in an apartment in Japan (probably a little bigger than the one in Seoul) and then American apartments. That apartment time has covered approximately 8 years. In those 8 years, I have also lived onboard a ship in a rack where my belongings filled up about 2.5 sea bags.

    Late 2010, I bought my first house for my husband and myself. We hadn't even lived together yet but I bought our house which is about 1800 sq ft and more than adequate for two people (and now to pets as well). I have family who live in less sq footage than I am living in. I was raised in less square footage.

    We have pack rat tendancies as well but that is mostly because my husband lost all of his memories through a series of moves by himself and his family. So, I try to stop and think about what I have. Honestly, half of my life has lived in boxes so when we did move in together I was able to get rid of a lot of stuff (I haven't used it in 8 years then I really don't need it). The other side I am working on is just realizing I am in a good place and a little bit of clutter isn't necessarily a bad thing. I've been so mobile for so long maybe it is just me adjusting to being able to stay at home or more importantly have a home for a family to grow up in. - 5/8/2012   8:35:43 AM
  • ARF260
    96
    I have recently started to de-clutter and do feel like a weight is lifting - I find a few items that jog wonderful memories are treasures, but any more than that is just more "stuff" to take care of, move around, clean, etc. I've always saved everything thinking I MAY need it at some point in time - but no more! It feels great! The best THINGS in lfe are not THINGS - 5/8/2012   8:21:24 AM
  • 95
    Enough friends? I guess that one does not seem like clutter to me. The rest, yes, but friends are waaaayyy more important than even my workout routine. And there are new friends waiting around every corner. - 5/7/2012   4:42:51 PM
  • 94
    Thank you for you sharing. My son and I moved into an apartment from living in two bedrooms in a townhouse and I'm STILL amazed at how much clutter we have, even though we threw out/donated several things as we packed up. I have been attempting for the past month now to get back to decluttering more, but get overwhelmed just thinking about it and then sit and do absolutely nothing. It's driving me crazy, but I have a hard time focusing on cleaning anything. Hopefully, this will inspire me to get something done over the next few days after work in the evenings. I'm trying to break down the daunting tasks into one section at a time. - 5/7/2012   3:22:10 PM
  • 93
    100% guilty !! I toss, but then hit those garage sales/flea markets and bring home for junk. - 5/7/2012   11:18:04 AM
  • FRABBIT
    92
    This is so true for me. I get overwhelmed and then I do nothing. Thanks for the inspiration. I just wish I had read it yesterday instead. - 5/7/2012   10:24:56 AM
  • 91
    Thank you so much for sharing all your thoughts and great ideas
    We moved five years ago due to my DH having alzheimers we moved across the street from our son and his partner after having been in a home for 22 years and an accumulations of 55+ years of marriage
    Our children helped us get a 30 yard dumpster and we nearly filled it had some help from a few neighbors who had things to get rid of
    But still moved way to much stuff am still sorting and downsizing and getting rid of things and yes it is just things that are no longer needed or used
    Am finding can do with less and less and yes it does feel so good to be free of stuff
    One day at a time - 5/7/2012   9:26:35 AM
  • 90
    OMG .. how did you get in my garage to take that picture !!! - 5/6/2012   9:53:46 PM
  • 89
    Last summer we traded homes with my brother and his wife for a vacation. They had 3 sets of towels for the guest bathroom, all the same color and 4 sets for their bathroom, all the same color. Their whole house was simple like that. I've been working on mine ever since. I need to use my computer less and work on simplifying my life more. What a thought! - 5/6/2012   5:05:28 PM
  • MIRANDA2112
    88
    GUILTY!! - 5/6/2012   4:10:36 PM
  • 87
    My issue with gathering excess "stuff" was very evident when I left a job last year and had to clean out my office. My oh my, the stuff I had accumulated. The office was pretty big and that just provided me with more drawers, corners, surfaces in which to store things. I did purge a lot; but also carted a lot home with me to deal with another day. I think you have inspired me to tackle it. Wish me luck!

    Thank you! - 5/6/2012   11:00:43 AM
  • 86
    As a former professional organizer, can I hear a big, "Oh, YAH!" Good job for making the connection. It might be difficult to get started, but when you start peeling off the layers, life is so much better. As one of my clients told me, " I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders and I even breathe easier." - 5/4/2012   9:31:46 PM
  • 85
    I am doing this right now. Another good book to read that touches well on this subject is The Happiness Project. Check it out. - 5/4/2012   10:45:08 AM
  • 84
    Thanks again, for the inspiration, Stepfanie! - 5/4/2012   10:31:40 AM
  • ANDYGIRL1219
    83
    Thanks for the inspiration as I continue to streamline my own life. The more I let go, the better I feel. I appreciate you for sharing your experience. - 5/4/2012   12:31:55 AM
  • SISTERWAM
    82
    I am unfortunately a procrastinator who now has a terminal illness, making it even more difficult to deal with all the excess stuff--even though due to multiple financial struggles, compared to many of you, "this excess stuff" probably would not be considered that much. It is still a daunting challenge for me. I have, however, made the decision to seriously consider EVERY item brought in to my home to determine if it is something I REALLY need, and will still appreciate a year from now. - 5/3/2012   9:15:52 PM
  • 81
    WOW !!!! Great article, great inspiration to me.....thanks for sharing.

    I am about to start uncluttering my life NOW... - 5/3/2012   6:19:12 PM
  • 80
    I did the same thing when I moved recently and realized when I got to my new place that I need to do more. It's odd - my Mom thinks I've already given away too much and I think I haven't given away enough. My previous apartment was smaller (but with much more usable space) and I've found I prefer that. In fact, I miss it. So, I will continue to get rid of stuff.... - 5/3/2012   5:37:18 PM
  • 79
    I'm constantly sorting through things in our home to pare down those we don't "need". Eleven years ago, my house was burned to the ground. A lot of well-meaning people donated and gave me things I didn't need but I took anyway, feeling guilty if I didn't that I was ungrateful. Divorced since and now happily remarried, I still have some of those things and am slowly separating them from my life, giving away to the Salvation Army, local shelters, and christian centers that sell items to benefit those in need. I prefer to DO things with those I love and care for instead of getting things that will collect dust on a shelf. Most of my family and friends understand this and we do dinner instead of gifts. Pictures take up less room, commemorate the event and last longer. I still have a ways to go with decluttering, but progress is progress. :) - 5/3/2012   5:37:07 PM
  • 78
    This is a constant struggle for me, but I see myself making progress.....slowly but surely! - 5/3/2012   4:51:45 PM
  • GINAGINA19
    77
    Thanks I needed this article. This website surprises me everyday. My garage looks like the photo above. I'm collecting my old military uniforms and clothes from the 80s. They no longer have a purpose so its time to make time to do the de-cluttering. - 5/3/2012   4:37:51 PM
  • 76
    Four months ago I sorted out books and put them into a box to donate them...this box is still standing in my room...

    At the beginning of the summer I HAVE to declutter my stuff because at the end of the summer I want to move out from home and neither do I want to take all the stuff with me nor do I want to use my parents' house as a free storage. - 5/3/2012   3:52:09 PM
  • 75
    I declutter and within a short period of time - I'm right back to being buried in "Stuff".

    Thanks for the blog - I DO have a hard time saying NO to projects/ volunteering etc....
    - 5/3/2012   3:23:33 PM
  • CLAYLADY001
    74
    Clutter yes at times it is a problem.We are getting closer to moving from the country to the outskirts of a city and clutter is a real big problem.We have so much unnecessary stuff that it will take us months to figure out what to do with all of it also I am an artist and have a studio just full of art stuff.I am starting to cut back and reorganize my things but need to do so much more.We also have other peoples clutter to deal with.Ahhh but life is very good and it will all happen in good time. - 5/3/2012   2:23:31 PM
  • WHEELS54
    73
    My method to de-clutter my kithcen was to take it one cabinet at a time. When I would clean up the kitchen after dinner, I would empty one cabinet, sort, and them wipe out the inside and only put back stuff that I used. It's great to have things you use handy without having to dig through all the junk first. - 5/3/2012   2:19:46 PM
  • RIET69
    72
    I seem to have the opposite problem of clutter. Sometimes I wish I could leave my bed unmade for a day. I love a neat and clean house and I think that it is sort of ingrained in me. I am not unpleasant to live with, I just want a place for everything and everything in its place. One good rule of thumb is: when you buy something new, get rid of something. I do that with clothes and it really works. - 5/3/2012   1:38:40 PM
  • 71
    Great Blog! I moved from a three bedroom home with a finished basement into a one bedroom condo. I really decluttered then, but now I need it more than ever. I keep making lists to address the cleaning out, but seem to only cross out the easy ones. Ater reading your blog I have a new sense of crossing out the hard ones. - 5/3/2012   1:18:35 PM
  • 70
    I really like the cross-over -- physical clutter isn't the only thing that can "weigh" us down. Mental clutter, emotional clutter, commitment clutter, (heck, even debt / finance clutter) can all have a negative impact on our life.

    It's not just a matter of saying "No". It's a matter of first finding out what IS important to us so that we know what to say "No" to and have the inner values that make us want to clean away that which doesn't need to be held onto. - 5/3/2012   1:14:38 PM
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    I'm going through all my cds & putting the unnecessary ones up for sale. I already have done so for part of the book collection, but there is unfinished knitting & needlepoint. And yarn for further projects! But that's *most* of the clutter. - 5/3/2012   1:14:02 PM

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