Tuesday, August 16, 2011


What does "stuff" mean? I looked it up. "Personal belongings; Bits and Pieces; Odds and Ends". Whatever it is, I have too much of it. I've been working on it off and on for months now. Now I am getting really serious!

I had literally hundreds of cookbooks. I weeded them out and gave about half to the library. I went through all my old magazines and recycled 75 percent of them. I cleaned out my kitchen cupboards and gave about half of my pots and pans to the Goodwill. Now I am going through my pantry and getting rid of everything that has expired. I didn't realize I had so much of it!

As I accumulated stuff, I had to buy more shelves and cabinets to hold it all. Now I am emptying out shelves and cabinets. Once all the stuff is out, I get rid of the shelves and cabinets, too. I want my house to look sleek and uncluttered, with lots of empty spaces. I am preparing for another downsizing when we retire. I don't want to have to take so much with me to a new place.

When I see the newly cleared spaces, I feel like it's easier to breathe!


Bearette said...

I remember when I read The Happiness Project, the author said that clearing out clutter makes people happy. I find it's especially true with clothes - I got rid of a lot of clothes this weekend that I hadn't worn in a year or more.

Nonye said...

Give, give, give!! easiest way to "decluster'!

judy in ky said...

I have been giving a lot! I'm happy to do it.

the veg artist said...

Please come and do mine!

Myne Whitman said...

Decluttering and giving can feel so good. Well done you!