or are you 'minimalist'?
Having a bit of house clear-out today and it made me realise just how much 'stuff' we have... nothing in particular, but just general clutter that is no longer used...
I think it's time to be ruthless... I've been putting masses of stuff up on freecycle and ebay... its just an accumulation of years and years of purchases... I've sure there will be a few car loads that ends up at the tip.
I used to be pretty minimalist, then my Squeeze moved in!
There is now a LOT of stuff hanging around, and it does bother me. How can one person have so many running shoes? He has SEVEN pairs in the hall cupboard, plus MORE in a drawer under the bed.
I wonder if he'd notice if a pair (or two) went missing.....
I'm both. Having moved from a large house to a small one I currently have a lot of clutter. But I prefer something more minimalist so I'm slowly throwing things out or finding new homes for them.
I find that the clutter of Christmas adds to the stress. We stuff cards and decorations into a space that was comfortable and although it looks pretty, I do find it too busy for me. I like it when the tree goes down and I get my space back
I agree Caz - the tree takes up a huge amount of room, makes the room feel a lot smaller.
I could live in a cardboard box, Mrs P cannot bear to throw anything away. Unless it's mine.
Wilkie - so you think 7 or so pairs of shoes is a lot??? My OH has 3 shelves full of running shoes in our store room! For some reason he resists getting rid of any, even those he hasn't worn in years!
I used to have loads of stuff. Things I thought I needed or wanted or sentimental. Then we sold our property to finance building a new place and while thats being done we are living in a caravan. I took bags and bags and bags of stuff to the charity shop because it otherrwise meant paying for storage. That focussed my mind and I was ruthless. But do you know, we love it! It was liberating to get rid of clutter and I've not missed anything. We live minimilist and compact now and adapted so well that we are re-thinking the final spec for our new place. I'm very happy.
Excellent Soup Dragon.. good for you..
We used to have lots of stuff, cluttering up every room, so I built another room, now that's getting there as well so you guessed it, conservatory next.
I've moved 11 times in past 13 years. Every time I do I wish I had less stuff, and yet everything seems to be important and useful once I'm moved in! I've gone through phases of being ruthless (the biggest one being when I had to clear out my childhood bedroom, and threw away things I'd kept since I was aged 5!)
Shoes! my wife and two Daughters must have 4 of 500 pairs between them, and they take the same sizes! Yet I get the complaint "what do you do with all those trainers"
Big fan of *stuff*, not helped by living in a 4-bedroomed house on my own.
We are fairly minimalist, which we both like, with the exception of a book habit (more hers than mine) and a cd/dvd habit. We don't have huge amounts, just more than we can comfortably store. I would like a bit more wall space though as I do like my paintings (and a nice pile of cash to buy them would be handy!) but other than that we do like to keep shelves fairly tidy. If we had a bigger house with a spare living room it would be our room for "beautiful things" - anything we like with style and beauty to just sit down and admire! (Things other than me, of course!)
I'm the ultimate minimalist.
Ok - that's a lie, I can out clutter the lot of you. I'm going to have to declutter and get rid of a whole ton of stuff, it's being forced upon me.
I actually like stuff and bits and bobs all over the place. I collect stuff that looks interesting. I love stones and pebbles, things that are colourful so I have stuff out to look at. I have a collection of glass in the bathroom and hanging fairies and recycled thingamy wotnots. that's the least cluttered room of the house.
Hmm, while lots of people seem to be de-cluttering my missus seems to be taking the opposite approach. She has re-found a passion for collecting bits and bobs of which I dont know what most are for. Apparently some of these things are 'nice to look at'. I also didnt realise that a pair of black leather boots with a small heel is completely different to a pair of black leather boots with a smallish heel and therefore it is imperative to have both pairs.
I think its rather said how much most of us seem to have. Very few people seem to want to collect more stuff and lots seem to want to be able to get rid of stuff. What a materialistic society we are
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