What does it take for you to de-clutter?

I'm a worse hoarder than I am a photographer!
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My house has lots of um, stuff in it. I had hoped that a lot of the stuff was being saved for the wedding, and that it would all disappear after. Until today…After the reception, we still have all the decorations, china, little trinkets. And TONS of them…

I know that we slowly accumulate more and more stuff during our lives, and that after we die, our kids get to sort it all out and find those hidden jems.

For our house, it is a bit different. We are a blended household, having come together after already getting lots of things separately. I had a bed, she had a bed, we had kid beds. We have two dining room sets.Full dish sets. Shelves. Not only 2 of everything, but sometimes 4 or 5 of everything.

It can get a bit overwhelming for me. I have this fantasy that I have a dumpster parked outside the house, and I get to throw away tons of stuff we just don’t use. My soon to be brother-in-law did it at his house, and he said it was liberating.

We have lots of guests coming over in the next couple of days, so I attacked some long overdue cleaning projects. I just couldn’t clean because that meant I had to put things away in their rightful spot. There isn’t a rightful spot for things in our house.

I decided to put quite a few things in a box and have them be out of sight, out of mind. But that isn’t the solution. The real solution is to have an objective 3rd party come over and sort it out, once and for all. It will happen one day but most of the time it is a few weeks before moving out! Why do we wait til we know we need to move it all?

Have any of you de-cluttered your lives? Was it as rewarding as I think it would be?

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5 Replies to “What does it take for you to de-clutter?”

  1. Oh my wow! I was and am still ranting at John about shit. All the shit that seems to have no where to go. Our place has only 2 closets for 4 people and all the stuff.
    I am getting better at being just frusterated and tossing stuff out. I used to save every little treasure. My biggest problem is I used to ebay seriously sell treasures on ebay. I became a garage sale and thrift store addict. I did find the most amazing things and actually paid our mortgage selling treasures. The bottom fell out of ebay and well Canada post costs a small fortune. Yet I still see treasures sitting around everywhere.
    Sigh so the battle continues.

  2. one method is to buy large paper boxes, write one year 2001, 2002, 2003 – and then fill it. watch if you ever open one of those boxes again …; save only those things, grabbed out again …

    1. That’s a good method! My fear is that we would then start to amass an even larger pile of boxes that would never go away!

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