On April 13, Ideealistin wrote: You asked for the readers’ ways of decluttering without even trying. Mine is … honesty! Once I managed to admit to myself that I am not the fancy sort of cook, guess what happened: The kitchen almost decluttered itself. I am sure this will work in other areas of my home as well – as soon, as I am ready to let go of some more misconceptions about myself …
This got me to thinking, as well: if I were more honest, what could I release?
Well scrapbook materials, that’s for sure. Even at the height of my involvement with scrapbooking, I thought it was a ridiculous hobby. Other people would say, “Oh, I’ve wanted to get into scrapbooking” and I would reply, “Don’t.” Does that even make sense? I spent so much time and money per page that it seemed completely foolish. Now I do want to say that when I look back on the scrapbooks, I think they’re really terrific, but here’s a secondary confession. Not a single one of them is completely finished. Not one. I have a supply tower of scrapbook supplies that’s 9 drawers high and a large accordion file of papers in our art closet. I won’t let the girls use these supplies. I (dis)honestly think that I might scrapbook again someday. Or, more likely (but still not very likely), I will complete some of the scrapbooks, all of which are mostly done.
What else? My eldest daughter has diabetes. I used to be a great baker, and I really enjoyed it, but all baking came to an end on the day of her diagnosis. (While it’s true that diabetics can eat sweets, in general we have decided it’s not worth it.) I have a fair amount of baking equipment and certainly more pans than I need. Should I declutter some of them? Maybe. I must say, I am reluctant because I have room to store them without being at all overloaded, and someday, not all that far in the future, the girls will be setting up household elsewhere and could take a few pans with them. Perhaps this is just another layer of rationalization, but for now I’ll keep them.
I posed this question to my husband. He immediately offered that he could probably declutter half of his office bookshelf. He says that he keeps a lot of the books around for reference, but in truth, he keeps them around more because they reflect the engineer he would like to be rather than the engineer that he is. The same with his project box. (I didn’t even know about this!) He enjoys robotics and thought that our daughters would enjoy fiddling with these things as well. However, bringing honesty into the equation, neither girl is very interested in electronics or robotics, and by his own (honest) assessment, Dan could probably move 2/3 of this stuff along.
Take five minutes, maybe even look around your house, and tell me: If you were completely honest about the type of person you are and the life you really live, what could you declutter?
Today’s Declutter Item
My Gratitude List
- Something that makes me laugh ~ When you know what mischief is going on in your loved one’s head and you beat them to the punch line. My poor husband is starting to think I can read his mind.
- Something Awesome ~ The pretty dove or pigeon I that suns itself on the roof of my neighbours shed. I has a lovely speckled stripe around it’s neck.
- Something to be grateful for ~ Living in a position that is so handy to a lot of things especially since I don’t have the car most days.
- Something that makes me happy ~ Meeting people and learning about their lives.
- Something I find fascinating ~ How little we need when it all boils down to it.