Even though many areas of our home are now clutter free we still have a way to go. Too many kids jackets. Too many (yes. shame.) cookbooks. Too much clutter on our kitchen counters. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. At least I understand that it’s not that we need to put the stuff “away”. We just need to have less stuff. Making the decisions on what stays and what goes is the hard part.
Going through each room and choosing a few things that are not necessary, possibly plastic, to donate is one way to declutter. I filled a Rubbermaid bin yesterday using this technique. It’s not that the stuff isn’t good. It’s just not necessary.
I have another Rubbermaid bin filled with more donations. Mostly it is kids toys, never-used decorations and things other people gave us.
Why do people keep giving us stuff? and why do we keep accepting it? An image of the rolled up construction paper in our walk in closet comes to mind. It’s school work my husband did back in the 80’s. His parents dropped it off in the summer for us to deal with. We still haven’t dealt with it. How about we just recycle it? Well it’s not mine so I’m trying to be patient.
Just don’t be upset if you give us something and then find out we no longer have it.
On another note – I need some help with my 33 items. How many pairs of pants should I keep? Two or three? The weather is just starting to warm up so maybe I won’t need three. Or maybe… ahhh the indecision!
If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. -The Dalai Lama
- Spring Cleaning and renewed vigor to declutter! (stephaniegetsridofhercrap.wordpress.com)