Recently, I spent a couple of days clearing some bedroom areas and eradicated clutter that was languishing in the bottom of my wardrobe. This does, I admit, sound boring but it was quite liberating. The house looks clearer as does my head! The plants have been tended, stuff has been recycled or put away, parts of the house have been redecorated and I’ve had some exercise in the process.
This minimalism malarkey is an excellent idea, but it doesn’t happen overnight. This time, I found bits of paper that I thought I may need and realised that they just needed to be cleared. It is astonishing how many bits of paper you keep, thinking you will read it again one day! I had three piles and got rid of loads of stuff…
- Pile 1 Stuff to keep, but reorganise. This included reorganising jewellery and recycling a wooden box that was very large for the tiny amount of jewellery in it. (I put it on Freecycle and a very happy lady collected it.)
- Pile 2 Dispose
- Pile 3 Dispose but recycle – Sorting paper work that I knew I would never need or read, but kept, because I thought I would find it useful. Put into the paper bank.
A friend remarked that my house isn’t cluttered, so why worry? She also told me that I mustn’t go for the sterile look! The trouble is, one tidies when you know you have visitors coming don’t you? Most of the clutter is behind the scenes. Not anymore though because over the last year I have got rid of loads of just-in-case items. The items you keep because you may need the information in the future. The future that does not exist. None of it has been missed. Not one book, piece of clothing or bit of paper. Anyway, anything that I find I need I can replace for a few pounds but I’ve never needed to activate this hypothesis. You can’t get rid of your clutter overnight and need to keep revisiting areas over time to really scale down on stuff. It is a long process isn’t it? But it is worth the effort. What do you think?
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