Home sweet home and in some cases it can be home clutter home. I have a cousin that saves just about everything and anything. I often wonder if her closets and drawers were searched right now, how much “junk” would be found.
My cousin Kathy needs to de-junk her life. Maybe she can’t help it. Was this trait inherited? Our Aunt Jean was known to be a pack-rat. Often we would visit her house and I can’t recall ever once seeing the top of her coffee table. We always had to clear a space on the couch just to sit down.
Why did my Aunt Jean have more than one stack of year old magazines lying around. If she had to move suddenly, how much stuff would end up in the alley? More than likely she would pack up and move everything. Only to collect more stuff in her new home.
I hope my cousin doesn’t end up like Aunt Jean. But in her closet she has old uniforms and maternity clothes that she will never need again. Not to mention the clothes that won’t fit or are ugly and hopelessly out of style. She has shoes she doesn’t like and refuses to wear. Yet she can’t get rid of them.
I tell her that there is hope. If she can clean up and come to terms with those few problems areas, clutter won’t have a chance to spread. I hate to mention a garage sale. How much stuff would the customers get to look over? We might have to borrow fifteen or twenty tables….
True, clutter makes the home look lived in. A happy home does not have to be immaculate. However; why hold on to old curtains or blinds stashed away..
I asked Kathy if someone gave her a dollar for each piece of junk she has, how much money would she have? She had to agree, she could take a cruise to Hawaii….when she could buy a lot of memorabilia and mementos to put on table tops.
She mentions the plaque that hangs in my Aunt Martha sewing room. The few words written in a frame sums it all up. “This isn’t clutter — its my collectables.”