Friday, June 20, 2008

The Clutter Monster Threw Up in My House

Our house is relatively organized, as far as houses go. We do have That Room, though. You know, the room that catches everything, including stuff you didn’t even know you had? In our house, That Room is called The Office. It can be really hard to work in The Office sometimes if you happen to be a person who is distracted by clutter. And dust.

Considering the fact that we have only lived in this house for sixteen months we have accumulated an awful lot of things that have been relegated to the attic or the basement. Most of that stuff is things that “we might need someday” or “if we get rid of it, we’ll suddenly need it.”

In one spot of the attic are the baby clothes, “in case we have more.” In another are the baby toys, “in case we have more.” There are the books, books, and books. Here are the home d├ęcor items that are not currently in use. And that whole section over there is the Box Section, where all the boxes are stored to ship possible future Ebay listings. Craft bin, craft bin, desk full of craft stuff. Oh, and there are more baby items, “in case we have more.”

The basement is full of tools. Lots and lots of tools. Somehow my husband still does not have all of the tools he needs to complete certain projects. In the wintertime the larger outdoor toys and the air conditioning units are stored down there as well, next to the washer and dryer. Also sitting in boxes full of bubble wrap and old newspapers are the serving bowls and other kitchen-type things that cannot be kept where they should be because of the lack of cabinet space.

Where did all this stuff come from? Sure, we’ve helped other people downsize by agreeing to take things off of their hands, but that was mostly furniture items that, even though we may not be able to use right now, we will be glad for down the road. (Right?) A twin bed, a dresser, a bookshelf… bring it on over! We won’t have money to buy that sort of stuff any time soon, and the kids can only stay in a crib/toddler bed for so long.

I plan on organizing a major Reduction of Clutter Day(s). This will consist of me filling multiple garbage bags: some labeled for the trash and others for Goodwill. It will also be my task to convince my husband that he does not need to keep the minuscule wooden cow he found at the park when he was little, or the amazing ball of lint that magically appeared in his favorite pair of pants the day he turned fifteen. And the things we only look at when we are in the midst of cleaning out- bye-bye!

The fact must be stated that I sense the real challenge will be in maybe, possibly, thinning out the kids’ clothes and toys. I feel as though getting rid of any of that stuff will be like somehow parting with a piece of my child. It feels sacrilegious. That may sound a bit extreme, but I’m not sure if I’m ready for that yet!

1 comment:

fawndear said...

Oh, I am so with you on this whole clutter thing. However my junk has accumulated over the 11 years we've lived in this house and I'm sure we brought some from our last home as well. I just pray it doesn't take that long to get rid of it.
Good luck! And send any great ideas my way.