June 15, 2010

Clutter, Clutter, Clutter! Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning!

I started with my medicine cabinets…trashing old expired medicines, giving away stacks of books and clothes I never wear. And, why am I saving Christmas cards from years ago (well, I do not throw away cards from my children), piles of papers, oh and the tower of magazines and catalogs stacked on my den floor next to where I sit on the couch and drawers full of who knows what. It’s called clutter, clutter and more clutter and the more it collects the less I wanted to deal with the mess. I miss my home office and file cabinet but no room for one now.  I even bought a junk drawer organizer and it is now overflowing and looks like a typical junk drawer again!

Eliminating clutter and did I mention the (dust) in areas where it is hard to get to?  Oh my.....makes me feel good to clean up this mess. Don't get the wrong impression, I'm not a slob or have a dirty house, I just need more space.  I just don’t want anymore of anxiety and hours of frustration added to my day, as I pull wrinkled clothes from my closet because they’re jammed in there so tight. I want to regain my space back which is hard to do in a very small condo.  I have tons of clothes that are too small and believe it or not some are too big.........why am I saving this stuff?  I think it's because I see dollar signs dumping them......not so much that I think I will fit into that size 8 again.......when you grow up living in hand me downs from a large family.......my clothes and shoes mean a great deal to me because I worked hard to be able to purchase them in the first place.

I started clearing out my clutter over the weekend. I reminded myself to start small, by clearing out one drawer in my dresser, one closet, or one shelf and started in my bedroom first. The last time I did this, I was so overwhelmed and stopped half way through the process as I  lacked the motivation to complete the unpleasant task with the excuse that I ran out of large green trash bags to dispose of all the stuff I no longer need.

I used to be more organized when I lived in a larger home and had a place for everything! I have to get my power back and stop fighting against what I have to do. I have been procrastinating and dreading and avoiding this awful task of decluttering as I did this just a few years back and I guess I accumulated more clutter again!

The first change I have to do is to change my attitude. And, that can be done without any bending or lifting or throwing stuff in a trash bag……….then that other awful chore of carrying all this stuff to the dumpster.

I realized that changing my attitude to accomplish and complete the task surely helps.  Only one problem……about six months from now………there is more CLUTTER AGAIN! I went through this last year and only made a mild dent. Which to me means, I need more SPACE or I just have to stop shopping to fill in the spaces I just cleared!  LOL


  1. I do know what you mean. I shop but don't get rid of what I don't use. I'm so sure that as soon as I get rid of something, I'll wish I had it. So I don't get rid of anything. I've books and clothes, nick knacks and craft supplies all stacked away. I do have my space...a basement and an attic to store things and they are pretty much full. I'm going to try and get rid of a lot after my camping season is over. Right now I'm going to enjoy summer. But I do have plans...

  2. Lmao!!! this is me in a knut shell when it comes to my apartment too. recently I even thought of renting a house, but then I'd just fill it up with more stuff I don't need. it is a cycle...lol hope you can get another dent into the clutter...

  3. What a joy to see 'Roses are Read!

    'We are all GUILTY of clutter. I like your attitude.

    For some reason, we humans cannot stand empty space. A shelf is there to be full. If there is room in the closet we neet to fill it.

    If there is extra space in the basement of the motor home, I need to put somethihg there. It is some kind of law! ha!

    Probably explained by some psycologist.

    Good luck, and keep up the attack.

  4. I'm just starting to get rid of stuff my Debbie was saving

  5. I do the same every year. It feels good getting rid of stuff.

  6. LOL, sounds like what is happening in my home as I prepare for Mark to reurn from Afghanistan :)

  7. getting ready to move motivated me to clean out stuff but not as much as getting the house ready to "show"it....I can't believe all the stuff I got rid of, and now I can't believe all the stuff I have to hide....
    It does feel good to finally get it all thined out. Kind of like my house lost some weight....LOL

  8. Just came by to look at the graphics and get a 'wink'. LOL Wishing you a great 4th of July holiday.
    Love from the mountains of North Carolina!!!