The Curse that is Clutter!


There are some things which seem to multiply by a tenfold in the blink of an eye. One day you look around the house and deem it tidy and mess-free and then the next morning dawns and all you can see are useless things doing nothing except collect dust. And you start some serious spring-cleaning and you get rid of unnecessary things – clutter, which is as easy to collect as is hard to get rid of.

We spent this weekend decluttering. We have done some major tidying up to the place, and made some surprising discoveries. Things we had totally forgotten about have reappeared and other things which we were holding onto for strange reasons suddenly made their way to the unwanted list.

It is amazing how many clutter we’ve managed to collect these past couple of years. I can’t blame it all on C, although it does seems that half of our things are hers. I have found bags and bags of items of clothing which I have been holding onto for no reason at all, used and abused shoes which I definitely won’t wear again, old and forgotten toys which now do not interest C anymore, old CDs whose artists probably don’t record anymore, books which I’m definitely not going to read anymore, gadgets which have become outdated and tens (yes, tens!!) of bags which I don’t like anymore and which were taking up room in my much-precious wardrobe space.

So now things are being bundled up and divided into bags and boxes. We have the charity box, the rubbish box and the eBay box. My eBay is buzzing from things I’m constantly putting up there, just so that things which we don’t have use for anymore may find another home to enjoy them as much as we did. After the whole car-boot sale experience last year, we are definitely avoiding that, and have instead set up the charity box which will see some of my stupid purchases go to good use.

Yes, some stupid purchases have been found, the majority of which had been acquired during the sales.  Looking at them now I cringe, yet then eBay comes in and it’s always a surprise to see a mini-bidding war erupting between a couple of buyers who all seem to desperately want that particular item. Each to his own I guess.

It is so easy to let clutter catch up with you and take over. You truly never realize the extent of this until the day you decide to declutter and rid yourself of things you no longer need.

The best thing and most rewarding feeling ever is then seeing the empty shelves in your wardrobe and storage space just calling out for you to go out, purchase and fill them up again. And the clutter-bug starts again. It’s one vicious circle!

Image taken from simpleorganizedliving.com

Image taken from simpleorganizedliving.com

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