This article is a fascinating look at Americans and their things: http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listedblogpost.aspx?post=e0026a0a-03df-4f70-b1e5-6eaaeec9ec86. This article is an anthropologist’s look at “stuff”. In particular was mentioned the accumulation of things that comes with adding more children. One thing that was amazing to me was one particular child’s room contained 248 dolls!
I actually don’t know anyone in real life that has “stuff” to this amount of excess, to be honest, although I am sure it exists. It is a sad commentary on American society if this is a normal state of affairs for much of the population. As we become more overweight, more depressed, more anxious – here we are, taking our homes that we are so fortunate to have in comparison to the rest of the world and stuffing them to the brim!
I love the summertime for doing major, deep, significant de-cluttering. So, I have a challenge for you this week: set aside a two-week period this summer, and every morning, work on getting rid of your stuff. No, don’t just organize it! Get rid of it!
My biggest downfall is books. I love books. My husband loves books. Our children love books. But here is the kicker: books are heavy, they can be dusty, they take up a lot of space. My husband has done a great time transitioning to reading on a NOOK. I have not. I like turning the pages of a physical book. I even (gasp and horror) sometimes like to write in my books – I mainly read non-fiction, so things get my gears turning. Books are a real challenge for me, but I am totally willing to tackle them!
What is your challenging area in your house? The overstuffed garage? An full attic? Too many plates, cups, mugs in the kitchen or kitchen gadgets you never use?
For part of the year, my in-laws live in a tiny one-bedroom condo in the Virgin Islands. There are also not many stores on the island either in which to buy things. And I look at that and think, wow, my mother-in-law can cook just about anything in two pots! Ha!
So, I would love to hear your plan for de-cluttering your home: what rooms will you do on what days, what are you getting rid of, what is your biggest challenge with your stuff?