Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:03 pm
I don't feel I have enough time to deal with clutter right now. I just try to keep things straightened up, but am not going out and aggressively decluttering closets and such, because I work full-time there doesn't seem to be time for those kinds of projects.
I don't have a hard time getting rid of things I truly don't need or that don't fit.
Clutter to me is when you have more things than you have room to store comfortably, and it takes over your living areas. I don't mind packing something up I only use once a year, or having a kitchen appliance I don't use often, as long as I have room for it. But once the space is full, I want to get rid of things/clear out before anything else comes in.
My husband is the opposite, he is a "hoarder" type but his clutter is contained to the garage. He gets clutter spots in the areas of the house he has control of (his desk, his bathroom vanity) but I vigorously protect and make sure he doesn't let it take over the house. It has been a big problem for us, he doesn't want to get rid of ANYTHING, even if he hasn't touched it for years. He seriously has boxes of 8 tracks and becomes defensive and irrational about not throwing them away.
Paper is a problem for me though, anything other than true "junk". I keep things I need now, but could be purged if I went back through them later. Same with kids' memorabilia.
Janet, Mommy to