If Barbie was a hoarder - the Dreamhouse overfloweth...
When my parents were downsizing about six years ago and moving out of the house I'd grown up in, my mom called me one day to ask if I knew anything about all of the random pieces of pine trees and scraps of paper she was finding in various pieces of pottery and pewter in her china hutch. Well of course I did - those were pieces of the our Christmas trees I'd saved when I was a little kid! It still makes me sad to see Christmas trees on the curb after the holidays but I've stopped short of trying to save them all. There were also notes to pets who had went to that big dog park in the sky. I didn't even bother telling them about the things I'd squirreled away under the built-in beds in my old bedroom - let the new owners (or their kids) scratch their heads at that collection.
In theory, I like minimalism. I like clean lines, uncluttered surfaces, and mid-century modern design. The reality is a liiiitle more complicated... Look in my house and you'll see that Mr. Snarky and I do pretty well when it comes to keeping things superficially clutter-free. But take a gander behind closed doors (basement, pantry, closet, whatever - any closed door will do) and the facade is shattered: it's just a big mess up in there.
I realized when I was adding tatty t-shirts to the "bag of rags I'll use someday to clean some unforeseeable dirty object" that it might be time to just start tossing some of them in the trash. I'm not good at throwing things out or determining - with finality - that something has come to the end of it's useful life.
Not here yet, thankfully - once it goes in the trash, it stays in the trash. Almost always. OK, fine - I have gotten some really cool stuff on the curb. I ADMIT IT!
I mean, I have nail polish older than KStew, and that's not a brag. My pantry could use a massive overhaul, and while I'm at it, I might want to empty the contents of the freezer and get rid of anything unidentifiable (the fridge portion was cleaned out of necessity - top to bottom - a month or so ago during what I call "The Great Pickle Juice Disaster").
So while I've stopped making New Year's resolutions for the most part, I think that this will be the year that I get de-cluttered. I've been inspired by things I have seen online, in magazines, and at friend's houses... I know it won't be easy, and I'll definitely will have to change the way I accumulate things (or don't...). Like not stocking up on random items I don't need at the grocery store, only to find myself putting them all away into my pantry like I am playing a game of high-stakes Jenga - one false move and that third can of tomatoes is going to break a toe! I don't want it to take renting a dumpster one day to come and rid my house of three tons of antiquated Twilight gear and 1,267 random mostly-full bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotions that I used a couple of times before deciding I didn't like them and stashing them away for an "emergency."
Not my pantry but this looks familiar and will give you the general gist...
What are your decluttering tips??? Any websites or books that you found particularly motivating or inspiring? Either mail them to me so that I can add them to the other piles of paper and magazines and clippings that I have stuffed everywhere or leave them in the comments!