The Clutter Project – Where do I put this Junk?

As I started to declutter the spaces that I use the most, a funny thing happened; I have little piles of junk everywhere! While my garbage bag is also filling up and my recycling bin is getting a good fill-up, I have these items that I won’t throw in the trash. These include things that I want to donate to second-hand stores or that I want to sell at a garage sale or on the internet.

Now that I know that I need to gather this stuff so that I can make just a few trips to the local second-hand shop, my preference is the Mennonite Central Committee, I must gather this stuff and take it to the appropriate drop-off spot. My thoughts of having a garage sale are definitely with me, but garage sales are a lot of work for a triathlete whose busiest time of year is the spring and summer. My mom is a garage-sale-aholic and might be interested in helping me out. She loves this stuff! No matter what, though, I need a place to put this junk.

The next step in this project is to get disposable boxes and label them with “Give away” or “Throw away.” As a detail-person, I get stuck on the little things like “I don’t have any boxes.” I actually have to converse with myself to say “Uhh… well, go out and get some!” I have a lot of stuff that I do want to sell, though. This will be done through the internet and will happen as soon as my desk becomes completely clutter-free. It should only take a few days.

Also, it has come to my attention that my obsession/discussing this clutter business has inspired a couple of my friends to look at their own clutter. For all of you out there trying to declutter: “Keep going! It feels so good to get rid of junk!”

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The Clutter Project – Where to Start

Last night I felt overwhelmed with the daunting task of “decluttering* my life.” Honestly, I felt sick to my stomach even thinking about the big project ahead of me. It wasn’t the thought of decluttering the “stuff” from my life, but the actual reasons behind my clutter. My clutter has defined me for a long time and I have never explored my reasons for clutter.

To be fair to myself, I’m not THAT bad. In the book “Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston that I talked about in my previous post, she talks about really bad cases where people have ridiculous collections of telephone books and basically live in squalor. When I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was decluttering my house, she remarked that she didn’t think it was cluttered. I appreciated that, but it made me wonder how much of this clutter is in my own head. Probably lots.

Last night I cleared up some clutter in my personal life and dealt with a relationship that needed dealing with.  I guess that’s where it needed to start – it was a good beginning. This morning I went through some stuff in my bathroom and threw out things like an old watch, hotel bathroom soap, and a bazillion contact lens cases. It felt good. I’m just going to keep going and getting rid of this stuff that I no longer need and, more importantly, never use.

* I am aware that decluttering is not a word, but I think it should be!