Stuff. Clutter. Crap.
I look around my house and I see it everywhere. I come home at the end of the day, and seem to cart more and more in. None of it ever seems to leave. I hope this doesn’t sound too OCD, but seeing all this clutter around me every day, all day, truly makes me crazy. Yet, I know I’m not alone, because a lot of my friends, especially those with young children, say they feel the same way.
I’ve been telling myself I need a storage management system. That it will be better when the kids are older and there aren’t all the toys around all the time. But you know what? That’s not it. Or not all of it anyway.
This site really spoke to me – this woman and her family have a goal to not buy any “stuff” this year. They’re not doing this to save money, but to simplify their lives. They are clearing the clutter and want to stop the influx. I really want to jump on this bandwagon. But I’m not sure how. Yet. I mean, check out her post (and the comments!) about her spending at Target just before Christmas. I have a Target weakness myself – my friends and I joke that we go into a trance upon entering that store, and I know that I never leave without spending less than $50…..on stuff.
So I’m thinking. The first step has to be getting rid of a lot of what we have and don’t use. I’m appalled at myself that I have a pile of clothes in my bedroom that don’t fit anyone who lives here that I just haven’t gotten my act together to donate or give away. And every surface (dressers, countertops, tables) is covered in….stuff!
- Clothes – if it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. (exceptions necessary for things Kid #1 has outgrown but are not ready yet for Kid #2)
- Toys – if it hasn’t been played with in a month or more, get rid of it
- Paperwork – if it’s available elsewhere (online), throw away, or shred. It it must be kept, file it
- Kids Artwork – I need to get pizza boxes for this year’s masterpieces; they make great storage containers for the stuff you really do want to keep. I rotate “current” work on the frig/sliding glass door.
- There is freedom in throwing things away!
Am I totally nuts? Will I regret being ruthless with the stuff? Will my kids miss out on anything I might throw away?