Is ‘Good’ Stuff Still Clutter?

“Too many activities, and people, and things. To many worthy activities, valuable things, and interesting people. For it is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well. ” ~Anne Moorow Lindbergh

As we celebrate the Chinese New Year today (the year of the Dragon to be exact), one of the many things that we can do in our homes and schools is to follow the old Chinese tradition of giving our environment a “thorough cleaning”. From Wikipedia: “It is believed the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes their homes ready for good luck. Brooms and dust pans are put away on the first day so that the newly arrived good luck cannot be swept away.”

Cleaning in itself, while time consuming, is easy enough. Scrub, sweep, mop, dust, organize…

Organize. Hmmm – this is the area where I tend to get stuck. It does not come very naturally to me at all. I’m very lucky to have married a much more organized person than myself. Its not that I do not want to be organized… my mind just does not seem to work that way – putting things in compartments, categories and finding a home for each item is extremely difficult for me. Extremely.

I hope I’m not alone.

One of the ways that I try to get around this is by having less stuff to organize in the first place. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Declutter down to the basics… down to the good stuff. THEN it will be easier to manage.

The problem?

I have too much GOOD stuff!

Is ‘good’ stuff still clutter? I’m talking about clothing that is not worn, craft supplies that are still in the packages, sewing patterns I love, toys that are beautiful, wooden and open-ended – even a beautiful Bernina serger that I’ve never figure out how to use!

How on earth do you let go of the good things?

In addition to good things… I also have many good activities in my life. Lots of volunteer jobs – awesome projects in the works. Oh boy.

So this year… I’m hoping to tame the dragon in my closets, my cabinets and in the toy box… even if its good stuff. I’m going to find the things I haven’t worn, touched or my children haven’t played with in the last six months and find wonderful new homes for them..maybe even sell them for a little extra pocket money.

Except my yarn. Nobody touches my yarn.

Let’s not get too crazy.

How do you keep your good clutter under control?

8 thoughts on “Is ‘Good’ Stuff Still Clutter?”

  1. Not everything has to go. Although my kids are only 2 and 4 I plan on putting together a box of their neatest toys that I will label "grandkids." It's never to early to start planning for the future! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Not everything has to go. Although my kids are only 2 and 4 I plan on putting together a box of their neatest toys that I will label "grandkids." It's never to early to start planning for the future! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I have the same problem, Eileen. When you don't buy junky stuff to begin with, it makes getting rid of things extra tricky. Giving away stuff that's no longer useful to us is one thing, but getting rid of stuff that might *someday* be very useful to us (but might not) is hard! (Craft stuff falls into this category.) Also, to be frugal, we often buy things in bulk and then we have the storage issues. I've been putting things in the "give away pile" for weeks now.

    Here's to your finding a balance you can live with this year.

  4. I have the same problem, Eileen. When you don't buy junky stuff to begin with, it makes getting rid of things extra tricky. Giving away stuff that's no longer useful to us is one thing, but getting rid of stuff that might *someday* be very useful to us (but might not) is hard! (Craft stuff falls into this category.) Also, to be frugal, we often buy things in bulk and then we have the storage issues. I've been putting things in the "give away pile" for weeks now.

    Here's to your finding a balance you can live with this year.

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