This forum post is hidden because you have chosen to ignore DZT. Show Details
This forum post is hidden because you have submitted an abuse report against it. Show Details
In Response to Inspiration from you all by h2ocolor1955
Welcome! You make some very valid points in your post. I too have been in the process of de-cluttering (for the last couple of years). It takes longer than you think. I have had some of the same experiences you have mentioned. I had two sets of Aunts/Uncles for whom I was responsible for going through their stuff when they died. Neither were really hoarders but they also never threw away much of anything. They lived through the depression and I supposed that experience made them reluctant to throw anything away that they might sometime ever need or that they thought they might someday need or want. They also were not very organized. One rarely opened mail and never sorted out the junk mail. When the table got full they just opened the door to the attic and tossed it up the stairs. The other always opened mail but never threw away an envelope or a card or a rubber band or a partially used napkin, etc. Both were avid collectors of various things. So, while a lot of their "stuff" was of value, there also was a LOT of trash. I vow not to leave this world with all of that mess in my house. I also have watched those hoarder shows on TV and it really makes you want to toss everything in your house and start with a blank slate and never let it get to that point. There is so much that we all tend to keep that we really don't need and probably won't ever need but something makes us reluctant to get rid of it. Watch those hoarder shows for motive to finally start letting go of things. Things are not important! Things can alway be replaced if you ever find a need. My sister is the exact opposite of hoarders. If she doesn't forsee a need for something in the short term -out it goes. She doesn't keep anything that she cannot use NOW. Her husband has learned over their 45+ years of marriage that if he ever wants to see something again, he had better put it away and not lay it down for later. If he does lay it down, it is gone forever. Her house always looks like a magazine - no clutter. But, alas, I cannot live like that. Sometimes I wish I could. It would be so much easier. BUT I have at least started on my quest to clean out clutter. Before the holidays, I cleaned out my closet and took 11 or more large bags to Goodwill. I'm working on paper clutter. It is slowly going away. I bought a scanner and any new paper that comes in the house, if I feel a need to keep it, I scan it and toss the paper. I'm slowly working on the piles and boxes of old paper. I'm going through it and scanning anything that I really might need and tossing the paper. By working backwards and keeping up with all the new paper clutter, at least my piles are not growing but are slowly diminishing. Of course there are some documents that you absolutely need to keep the original - but not many. We bought an outdoor wood stove to heat our house and all that paper now becomes free BTUs for heating our house and hot water. This is a great incentive! Saves lots of money on heating bills. I still have a LONG way to go but I plan to stay on it and if I ever get lazy - I just watch another hoarding show and renew my incentive. Stick with it! Eventually we might get there.