I loved this comment by NF. It touches on many aspects of what and why to declutter items. It also makes me feel very good about creating andÂ running this blog. It also makes me feel so grateful to all my wonderful readers who contribute so much to the conversation. My presence here at the blog isn’t what it had been in the past, however,Â with the wonderful conversations that go on, without any help from me,Â I don’t have to work so hard. The conversation is the biggest part of what the blog is now, so once again thank to everyone who adds there special presence here.
I have enjoyed reading and applying all the decluttering advice given since I subscribed to this newsletter. Iâ€™m sitting here, 1PM, on 1/2/16 with 5 garbage bags and 2 boxes of â€œstuffâ€ I havenâ€™t used in many moons. I do this about once a month. In 2015, I lost weight so I went through all my clothes and kept the ones that fit and looked good. I have not replaced my larger clothes, so everything fits in one closet. I got rid of what I call â€œfloatersâ€. These are decorative knick knacks that I dust and move around and never really pay much attention to until I have to clean them( no real sentimental value). I went to mostly paperless billing, payroll and bill paying, so my paper clutter is almost nil. I went to smaller kitchen appliances that suit the needs of two people and only kept others that I use consistently. If they donâ€™t fit in a cupboard, out they go. I stopped buying so much food. I can see my refrigerator shelves, throw almost nothing out and can actually see what I have in my pantry(this was rough as I was raised to have as much in the larder as could possibly fitâ€¦depression era parent mentality, I guess). Iâ€™ve accomplished so much in 2015, so Iâ€™m going to keep going. Iâ€™ve got to get my husband on board, though. He used to throw out everything, now he keeps everything and if he canâ€™t find something that we already have, heâ€™ll buy it again,(Christmas wrapping paper, spices and condiments are the main culprits). Maybe Iâ€™ll wrap up the aforementioned overstocked food and gift it next year! Enough rambling, thanks all so much and keep posting the great ideas.