I want a peaceful and welcoming home, a comfortable place with uncluttered surfaces and my favorite things where I can use and appreciate them. To have this, I need to sort through the extra stuff that sneaks in and threatens to take over. Even though I’ve done huge clean-outs of my stuff, it never fails that I can find something more to declutter.
Sometimes cleaning out clutter is easier said than done, and there’s no shortage of reasons to leave clutter the way it is. Last night I looked at the growing pile on my dining table and stacks of stuff with no home. I contemplated not doing anything about it, and came up with reasons #4, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 32:
1. I paid good money for it.
2. Someone might want it.
3. It would be a waste to throw it away.
4. I just need to buy more storage totes.
5. That used to be special to me.
6. That was a souvenir from…
7. I might need it later.
8. I just need a bigger home.
9. It’s a book! (or a cookbook!)
10. It was on sale.
11. I could make something with it.
12. It belonged to my grandmother.
13. When I have more time, I’ll use it /read it / finish it.
14. I don’t have time to go through this stuff.
15. I’m too tired.
16. I’ll do it later.
17. It’s a sweet baby item.
18. Someone who loves me gave it to me.
19. I worked hard to write/study/make this.
20. I want it to stay in the family.
21. It’s not my clutter, it’s my spouse’s/child’s/roommate’s.
22. I need to wait until I have a full weekend to do it right.
23. I’ll keep it until I have a garage sale.
24. It might be valuable one day.
25. It might come back in fashion.
26. It’s vintage!
27. It’s a collection.
28. My child made it.
29. It makes me feel secure.
30. It shows how smart or talented I am.
31. It proves I was here.
32. Why bother? It will just get cluttered again anyway.