Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clutter

I hate clutter. After Matt and I got married and moved into our first apartment, I tried to fill every available space with picture frames, books and magazines, candles, figurines...you name it. While letting me decorate however I wanted to, Matt would tell me how much he really preferred surfaces to be clear and free from all the "stuff" I liked to sit out. Somehow over the last 5 years, I have come to completely agree with him. I love the clean, minimalistic look, and dislike having anything that I don't use or wear or like take up room. We regularly take boxes of stuff to Goodwill, the library, or the dumpster - I actually think we both get more of a thrill of getting stuff out of our house than bringing new stuff in. We're weird, I know.

A blog/website that I read often is Unclutterer. They have tips for organizing and I thought this post was really good. It said that a good question to ask when deciding what stays and what goes is:

Does this make my life better?

The emphasis is on the present tense of does - not did, could, or should it make my life better, but does it? The article sums it up with:

So often we hold onto things because they were once meaningful or because we think we might need them at some undetermined point in the future or because we worry about what other people will think if we get rid them. Asking the straightforward, “Does this make my life better?” allows you to avoid these cluttering scenarios and instead focus on the present.

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2 comments:

Practically Perfect... said...[Reply to comment]

I know what you mean - I hate having clutter and love having clean surfaces. Chris didn't understand this when we were first married, and he had a lot of stuff that he wanted to hold on to even though he never used it. Now, nearly 5 years later, we've gotten rid of a lot of things. I still go through our clothes each season, and if it doesn't pass the 1 year test (have you worn this in the last year?), then it goes to charity (unless of course it's something like a tux or my wedding dress - I keep that stuff!).

Amber said...[Reply to comment]

I love it! I'm going through the same thing. What has helped me is Fly Lady. I cleaned out our hall closet last night! It took me all night and I'm exhausted, but I threw away stuff that should not be in there and it looks great. I should have taken a before and after shot!

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