Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Too Much Stuff

It's been, well, months since I sat before a blank page writing a new post feeling it would be a justifiable use of time.  There have been piles to unpile and unavoidable deadlines to meet.  And somewhere in the midst of that meals still had to be made and clothes had to be cleaned.  I think my obligations are caught up enough allowing me to wedge in a few minutes here and there assembling my thoughts in print-form.

My last post was an assertion of my effort to rein in some of the chaos in our home.  A big part of this is ridding our home of unnecessary stuff.  I adopt an attachment to stuff when I acquire it.  Once it comes in the door, whether I want it or not, it's hard for me to let it go back out the door.  I'm not (quite) a hoarder and I'm not a collector.  But I am a saver.  I save things that have been given to me even if they serve no useful purpose for any of us.  I save things created, played with, used by or given to the boys.  I save things that might be needed someday.  I save things I dream I might have time to use in the future.

And I'm a piler.  If I don't know what to do with it, I put it in a pile.  If I don't have time to deal with it right now, I pile it over there.  This pertains mostly to papers, but it's also all the odds and ends that collect on counter tops and in corners.  Then, when I need to do a quick clean up, I get a box, pile it in and put it downstairs telling myself I will deal with that later.  The problem is that later never seems to come.

About six weeks ago, later finally arrived!  We were ready to have new carpet installed in the bedroom downstairs.  During a break in the renovation process this was temporarily unused space leaving me plenty of opportuntity to diligently fill it up with all that I'll-do-it-later stuff.  But the time had come to deal with it.  My piles of collected clutter had to be sorted and either put away or purged.  And I did it!  Between boxes painstakingly emptied and a huge truckload of stuff donated, it was time well spent because the result was a clear room.  The saying "a weight off my shoulders" truly describes how I feel.

This has made it all worth it.

A beautifully finished clean space for James and Morgan to call their own.  Now talk about a motivator!  Seeing such an end result spurs me on to reclaim the rest of the space I haven't gotten to...yet.  


  1. Yay for getting stuff done!!!! The bedroom looks great! I'll bet the boys are excited :)

    Remember that terrible room I showed a few months back - I started that job yesterday. You're right - it feels so good to PURGE!!! I dropped of six bags full of clothing for donation today!!! Next step is repairing the wall and painting. I just have to find the time.

    Nice to have you back in blog world :)

    1. It is just so good getting things done! So much still to do as we put things where they go again, but now there is a lot of momentum.

      Wow, six bags! Isn't it good to get it out of your house and available for someone else that needs it? Best of luck to you with the room!

      It's nice to be back, I missed this :)


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