My clutter clearing goal for the month of October is the guest bedroom and the closet in it that is filled with holiday stuff. This is also where I put things until I can figure out what to do with them; it’s a little cluttered. When someone comes to stay I typically move things around for a few days, but I’d like it to be organized all of the time. All of my holiday stuff is in the closet and needs to be cleaned out and organized. I need to eliminate what we don’t use each year. It would be nice if our guest could actually hang things in the closet. 🙂
Yesterday, I went to an auction to buy things to sell online. Typically, I get my purchases and get them home to sort them out and figure out where I will list them. Sometimes this process takes me a week and other times months go by until I get through it all.
While I was waiting for the guy to tell me which door to pull my car up to…I watched while people loaded their cars with the bins they won. I noticed that several people had bins set up inside their cars or trucks, and they sorted everything as they took it out of the bin they won. Smart idea. It makes sorting much easier if you don’t have to do it when you get home. It motivated me to begin listing items right away. I only had a few hours, but I listed quite a few things after I got home (which is the way it should be).
I know some people do this for a living and they must have an area or storage unit to organize all of their inventory. Having an area set up for business items is ideal, and it helps to organize them in the most efficient way. In a sense, I see these items as clutter because they are not meant for me to use. But if I want to make a sale, I need to buy and store them. I think it is necessary for me to change the way I think about these items; it is a necessity.
Perhaps organizing them more efficiently or esthetically is the key for me. It has always been important to me for things to look good. And right now, this area really doesn’t look good and it isn’t organized well. It is a little difficult to find things easily. This may be a project for the future, but having large plastic bins instead of boxes that break easily should be on the list for better organization.
This week, I cleaned out the closet in my home office. I have a couple of bins of paperwork in there, but the rest of it is used as an overflow closet for my accessories, etc. Our house was built in 1950 and the closets are really small; or perhaps we just buy and use too much stuff these days. So I have a small closet in the bedroom that I use daily, and the things in this closet I use occasionally. Again (I am seeing a trend here), I found items I have never used that went into the get rid of pile. I typically use the same purse for six months or more, but I had over 20 purses in this closet. They were really cute purses, but if you never use them then what are they for? In my case? Decoration, I guess.
I did fill up a whole box of stuff (mostly pink stuff) for my 5-year-old niece. I think she’ll love it.
I love how much room and space I have now in these areas that were really crowded a few weeks ago. I can actually find exactly what I am looking for.
I’d recommend to anyone to go through everything in your house/apartment at least once a year. It is amazing the things you’ll find and it will keep you from buying something that you already own (I hate it when that happens).
This week, I have also been going through my ebay sales stuff. Getting rid of the stuff that hasn’t sold and organizing my ebay auctions a little better. It feels good. I am thinking about going to the auctions tomorrow and getting some new stuff (to sell) for the winter. I don’t spend much money at the auction (anymore), and I am there for a few hours, but I can make $400-500 a month for quite a while on those purchases. And I won’t get another chance until next year to go on a Friday.
This weekend, Wayne cleaned out his room; it’s been years since I’ve seen the carpet in there. He had some relatives coming this week and I guess that motivated him. For all of the clothes and stuff he had in there…he only got rid of a bag of clothes, a box of books, and I think he threw away some stuff. I guess he just picked up the rest of it and put it where it belonged. I thought he’d get rid of several boxes of stuff. Our entire garage is filled with his stuff. He can’t even get the car in there. Apparently, it’s difficult for him to get rid of stuff.
Feng Shui states that other peoples clutter can affect you if it’s where you live. I find that fascinating.
A few years ago, before we bought the house we live in now, I went through all of my stuff and got rid of 30+ large boxes of stuff. I put all of the boxes being picked up by Salvation Army near the front door. Each day I’d go through at least one box of stuff and decide what to do with it. The donation pile grew and grew. Wayne said seeing that pile there motivated him to go through his own stuff, and he did. At the time, we hadn’t even considered buying a house. It was almost as though we knew we would be moving soon, and didn’t want to move the clutter with us. Needless to say, it was the easiest move I’ve had.
Back then, my clutter and the elimination of it motivated him to do the same. Now I need to figure out how to get him to do the same with the stuff in the garage.
Today, I went through my closet in my bedroom. I took everything out, evaluated it and either put away the summer stuff or put it in a pile to be sold to a consignment store. Ironically (or perhaps sadly is a better word), a few things went into the sell pile that I recently bought and hadn’t worn yet.
There are certain days when I seem to be more emotionally fit to get rid of things. I need to feel good physically and mentally; perhaps it’s just being in a better state of mind. Everywhere I looked today, I seemed to have clothes, shoes, and scarves that I don’t wear. And those things ended up in the sell pile.
There’s a really good upscale consignment store near my house. Over the next month or so, I’ll collect some things and take them there. Today, I noticed that the really classic, well made, and high quality pieces went into my main clothes closet. I didn’t seem to have a good tolerance for the cheap stuff…which tells me something.
My closet now has a lot of space in it. I have a few summer things in there that I’m still wearing, but my fall clothes are ready to go. I’ve put away most of sandals and got out the fall boots. And I’m washing quite a few things before they get put away for the winter.
There’s something refreshing about clearing out one season and replacing it with another. Fall is my favorite season. I love the clothes and the cooler weather. It’s been raining off and on all day here…it seems appropriate.
Clutter clearing and storage are billion dollar industries. In the last 30 years, Americans have created a whole industry with our clutter. People rent space to keep their clutter because their home is filled with it. Amazing. There are also people who will come to your home and help you get rid of stuff; you can hire a whole staff to do this. But if you don’t address how it happened in the first place, won’t you just do it again?
People become attached to clutter because it gives them some sense of fulfillment. It isn’t healthy. Not like job satisfaction, or raising kids, or being happy in a relationship. There’s a void in life if that sense of fulfillment comes from things we possess.
I guess figuring out where you really get that sense of fulfillment and focusing on that will allow you to more easily release the clutter. For me, I think it’s teaching or being busy with work, but I have a lot of down time, and that needs to change. I need to fill that time with something that gives me a sense of fulfillment.
After nine months of working on this project, I think that is the heart of it. I think getting rid of so much stuff this year allowed me to finally get to that point. I still have plenty to do with clearing clutter, but I can see that I have some big changes to make in my life over the next few months. And I’m excited.
My jewelry box has been cleaned out and organized. I got rid of more than 25 items. It’s nice being able to find exact what I need, when I need it. I was also able to place items in it that were in my dresser. So everything is now in one place.
My bedroom closet is my next big project; I’d like to able to mix a few fall items in it. I only want items in the closet that I can/will wear. This way I’ll be able to use the clothes I have. One of my friends told me that once she wears something, she places it at the back of her closet. Eventually, she’s worn everything in it. I like this idea and think I might try it. It’ll help me to realize which items I don’t wear so I can get rid of them.