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Are you a Clutter-Freak or a Minimalist?
It depends on what day and time and month and week you ask, but overall I am a Minimalist. I wasn’t always one, not even close. In the last 6 – 10 years, however, I have purged my entire life and continue to do so. I used to be a Clutter-freak of Clutter-Freaks, almost as bad as my Ex. You note I said almost. When I cleaned out his crap after the separation, I discovered I was not in the same Clutter-Freak class as him, not by a million miles. He left all his clutter to me, by the way. Thanks.
Since then I have purged my life of most of my clutter. I used to have thousands of books, in ever crack and corner and shelf of the house. I have since gotten rid of 95% of the books, keeping only the ones I love enough to read again. Even so, every few months, I purge the books again, getting rid of more. My question now is, do I love this book enough to keep it in my house? Do I want to look at it or do I want to just remember it once it is gone?
Most of the time when I get rid of a book, I don’t regret the loss. If I do, as has happened maybe once or twice, I just find it online and buy it again. In this day and age of on-line bookstore, Ebay, Half.Com and Amazon among endless others, there are few books one can ‘t find just by looking.
As I said, I purged my entire house. I pulled everything from the attic, sorted, tossed and then put the remainder back up. I sorted and purged Christmas items as I decorated and undecorated. The same with all the other holidays.
The only thing in my house which hasn’t been purged, is my model horse collection. I have sold some, but purging no. I’m not to the place where I can do that yet. Maybe one day. And, if not, I have a friend in the model horse world who will sell my collection once I am gone so my family doesn’t have to deal with the issue.
Right now, I am living in the Clutter-world of my kids, who definitely take after their Father more than me in this regard. And they bring their clutterness out into the neutral parts of the house.
My oldest, however, is getting ready to move out so I am hoping I can tame the Clutter again. It doesn’t help that the contents of her room are now taking shape in my living room, waiting for June 1.
Wish me luck in re-claiming my house back from the Clutter.