Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello there, friend,

I feel like the topic of clutter is a tricky one. I used to never get rid of anything. I'd hold on to even the smallest trinket, afraid that throwing it away would somehow erase its importance and unable to see whether it was actually important or not. Of course, some objects have true sentimental value and should be kept and revered. But mostly it's just stuff taking up space.

I tend to believe that our stuff controls us. If there's too much of it, it takes too much time and energy to manage it. I want to have less stuff and more space. I like clean surfaces. I like pretty clutter. But I tend to be ruthless when it comes to getting stuff out of my house. If I don't like it, use it, or see a need for it in my immediate future, it's gone.

In another month or so, we will be putting our house on the market, and the cleaning, organizing, and packing is already on my mind. Last fall, I purged our basement, yet it is still filled with more stuff than I care to manage, most of it from the children. I have heard of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but have yet to get my hands on it. Perhaps I should read it this month in hopes that it will inspire me as we try to sell the house? You'll have to let me know.