Maybe it’s because I don’t intend to stay in the house I live in forever. Maybe it’s just all the crap that’s been going on lately, but the clutter is beginning to drive me mad.
Do you ever walk into your house and look around and say–where the &*%# did all this $%#^ come from? I did that this morning. Honestly. Where did the kids and I get all this crap?
See, part of the problem is that I
am was a nomad. Before having kids, I bounced around a lot from place to place and travelled light. One thing is for certain–children are stuff magnets. You can’t walk into a store or go to a friend’s house without them returning with something.
(okay so all the shoes are my fault.)
The problem, as I see it, is that if I am ever going to do another of my fantastically long moves that involve ocean or air travel–99% of all this crap has to go. Either that or I need to purchase a mansion, and hire and aircraft carrier to bring our stuff to the new location.
I remember when I moved into this house. It seemed huge. Truly. Enormous. Four children later and a few acquired pets and now I am lucky of I can find a place to sit. The only room in the house that is clutter free is the library/office
and this is only because I can’t identify my own chaos as clutter. I have heard the words book hoarder from my mum. Maybe two aircraft carriers.
So the point
in this entirely pointless post–is that I’m wondering how much of this stuff we really need to exist? There are five people, but there are like a hundred coffee mugs. I’m the only one so far adventurous enough to drink coffee–especially the way I make it.
There are five people but there are wardrobes enough for all the naked villagers in the rainforest. (Not talking about my shoes.)
There are five people but there is enough linens to cover the world end to end twice.
There are five people but there are enough books to —oh never mind that one. (Okay please except the books and the shoes from stuff to get rid of.)
What do you do to take care of clutter? Do you do a clean sweep every few months or weeks? Do you go nuts once a year and mass delete half the items you own? Or are you like me and don’t think about it until it becomes apparent you are a lazy procrastinator?
Help me peeps.
I’m getting buried and I’m not even dead.