Cindy wrote another great post on Thursday which gave me inspiration to finally write something after this week of craziness. She wrote about the two types of clutter – Let it all hang out clutter and hidden clutter. With those as my choices I think I fall into the hidden clutter category but I’m not convinced there isn’t a third option – The just own two much stuff variety of clutterer.
This clutterer has things out there neatly on display and hidden away in every nook and cranny at the same time. They either keep progressively moving into bigger homes to accommodate all this stuff they “just can’t live without” or continuously declutter only to make room for more wasteful substitute clutter.
Although maybe we could bring it back to the organized clutterer and the disorganized clutterer. In that case I am definitely the organized clutterer. My mother-in-law would tell you that when my children were little that I would put their toys away while they were still playing with them. That is probably only a slight exaggeration certainly not that far off the mark.
If anyone needed something in my home I could tell you exactly where it was at any given time. I could tell you what people had been up to just by where things were lying. Now I am starting to sound like a freak. My daughter had a “secret” party once when we were out of town overnight. I knew something was afoot as soon as I walked into the down stairs toilet because she had emptied the trash bin. Children don’t do chores without being told, at least mine don’t, so I investigated further. To cut a long story short she was grounded for the rest of the school year just because something was out of place.
All that being said, there is no hiding due to the fact that this blog exists that clutter can build up no matter how organized you think you are. You only have to look at all the photos of the stuff I have gotten rid of over the year to see proof of that. Some of it was hidden away and some was out neatly in full view but now most of it is either hanging out in the thrift store or being of better use to someone else.
I have always been a great organizer and declutterer but now I have learned to “be more with less” and not to be so wasteful and that is the key.
ITEM 303 OF 365 LESS THINGS
Pegs that fit on plastic coat hangers that I used to hang washing on when I lived in Seattle. I no longer hang washing this way and neither do I have plastic coat hangers so I don’t need these maybe someone else does.
5 Things I am grateful for today
- A nice cup of tea to sooth frayed nerves.
- The helpful overworked staff at the hospital.
- Automatic washing machines – put it in walk away and come back to hang it out when it’s done.
- My bed – I am looking forward to my head hitting the pillow tonight, I am exhausted.
- Living in a location that is convenient to anything I need.