Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
I am always decluttering, giving things away, throwing things away, organizing. I am good enough at it to hire myself out, really. I moved across the country a bit over a year ago and that's a BIG declutterer right there. My husband is something of a hoarder and an indiscriminate-pile-maker though, so we are rather at odds there.
What I am not, is a cleaner. I like seeing a few nice things artfully arranged, and the rest tidily sorted and stored. But I never get around to dusting, much less scrubbing. Plus, with three Aussies in the house plus two people who work outdoors, it is never clean here. One of my old dogs had a stomach event involving days of copious puking on the rugs a couple weeks ago. For example.
Kondo is all very well if you don't have a farm, or repair things from scraps. It's an urban philosophy. You don't have to love rebar, rolls of old fencing, rags, and slightly-broken buckets, to need them. It also has nothing much to say about recycling, re-using, making do, moving things on to people who need them more than you. Which are all part of "decluttering" too, in my book. One of my motivators is thinking about how other people could use my stuff. Freecycle and Craigslist come in handy sometimes.
The truth is, that it is always very hard to declutter if you wait until it's a big job. Dividing the job into manageable-sized chunks (say, one room or one closet or one section of the yard at a time) is a useful technique. The other technique is to constantly work at it. Have a three box sorting area permanently set up somewhere -- Give Away, Recycle, Dump -- and when a box is full, deal with it. Acquire the habit of "flowing" objects through your house rather than have them drift in and settle there.
After all, we are just caretakers of all our things, we won't need any of them where we're going.
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