Squashing the Clutter Bug

Last night I had the privilege of attending a decluttering/organization class with some girls from our former Sunday school class. if you know me, you may be able to see the weirdness given the fact that I am slightly OCD about getting rid of stuff and cleaning up. Some evidence:
1)      When I was little am would go to friends’ houses to play, I would convince them that a fun activity would be to clean their rooms. I persuaded them by telling them that it would make their mom really happy and she might buy them something. I know…you’re thanking your lucky stars that you weren’t my friend in elementary school. Or one of my friends’ moms.
2)      All of our everyday bath towels are white (so they can be bleached). On top of that, there is an order to the towel stack in our linen closet. The fluffy towels go at the top, the thin towels that we have from college go at the bottom. (Insert pity for my husband here)
3)      My dream job is working for a show like Clean Sweep where I get to go through people’s junk, get rid of a ton of stuff, then prettify their house. With stuff from Craigslist.
4)      So on and so forth.
 
In light of this slight insanity, as I was getting ready to leave last night, Zach asked, “Do you think you’ll learn anything?” Translation: “you are a crazy person and if this class makes you any more crazy I am going to have to start hiding my stuff.”
All of that aside, I’m not sure that I came to any amazing revelations during last night’s class, but it did inspire me to purge more junk from our house. There are clothes from high school that I never wear, an old computer monitor that Zach has been keeping for who knows why, and random kitchen items that we never use but for some reason still keep. I’ve only been in declutter mode for a day, but I’m pleased with the pile I’ve started. I’m a pretty regular purger, but it’s nice to have someone else’s ideas on what should stay guiding me as I work. I was reminded last night that we usually keep things we don’t use because:
·         we feel bad about the money that we (or someone else) spent on them
·          we have some emotional attachment to them
·         we believe we’ll use them someday
All of these modes of thinking can lead to stuff gaining control over our lives. It was great to think about these ideas in a fresh way. It makes so much sense that unused stuff doesn’t just create clutter in our homes, but in our minds as well.
 
I know it’s been all over blogland, but I’m really trying to keep these two ideas in mind:
 
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
 
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

 
Last night’s session was mostly an introduction, but I’ll try and report back regularly with what I’m learning!

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2 thoughts on “Squashing the Clutter Bug

  1. Hey, when you have a yard sale for all of your newly assigned “clutter” :) let me know…I want to bring my clutter and sell it with you.

  2. HA! I used to go over to my friends houses and clean their rooms. I remember cleaning one friend’s room on her 16th birthday then cleaning another friend’s living room one time. I even scrubbed the walls…. how bad is that? Yes, I am abnormal but I LIKE it!

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