Declutter my Home

@p1kef1sh (45640)
February 9, 2010 5:49am CST
I have a room in my house that is dreadfully cluttered. Nominally it is a spare room, but we use it to dump stuff in that we will eventually get around to sorting through. Except that we don't! I am tempted to bring somebody else in to do it as I shall pick things up and say "We'd better keep that. Just in case"! Doh!!! Have you decluttered? How did you go about it?
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I am in the process of decluttering right now! The first bedroom upstairs is dreadfully cluttered with things I meant to take up to the attic, things that needed to find a place and just plain things. I began last Friday and the room looks much, much better! Every day I pick one item and put it away. Sometimes that means a trip to the attic, sometimes it means just dropping it in the trash or in a box. Usually after I do the one thing I'll take the time to do another. The room is half de-cluttered now and much more organized! It won't take more than another few days to have it looking good at this rate.
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@liquorice (3901)
9 Feb 10
I like your one item a day approach. Sounds far less scary than tackling the whole thing head-on!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
Now that sounds like you are on the way to a clutter free room. Fancy popping over for more of the same?
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
10 Feb 10
What did you put in its place today? I want to know! How about a picture of the room?
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Feb 10
OK wait, where's the wall? and the floor?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
Behind the..... darn. Where's the door gone.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Feb 10
Yeah, doors.. We used to have doors!
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@liquorice (3901)
9 Feb 10
We have a room just like that too!! It's also our spare room, but it doesn't have a bed in there, there's no room, what with all the junk. It is very useful but it's getting fuller and fuller, not sure what we're going to do with it. We're not very good at this decluttering lark, there's always so many better things to do with our time.. So I'm afraid I can't help you with any decluttering advice, hope somebody else knows more!!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
We don't have a bed either. We got rid of that about 5 years ago. But the room is driving me mad. I'm trying to find the energy I really am. Maybe I should clear your room and you mine? That way we won't get all sentimental about whatever might be lurking there and chuck out with impunity!!
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@liquorice (3901)
10 Feb 10
Yes, we could do a declutter-swap, sounds like a good idea! (Although we'd probably like the novelty of one another's old things, and end up keeping some of it - just adding to the clutter!!) I haven't even really turned my attention to doing it at all. I just sort of assume that somewhere down the line it will get done!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
Or worse bring each others clutter to our already cluttered rooms! I guess that there wouldn't be more, but it might seem like it!
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@jb78000 (15173)
9 Feb 10
i don't get cluttered to start with. be strict with yourself and if you haven't used something for a year then get rid of it. you won't need it and in the very unlikely event that just in case occurs then steal a new one. incidentally what is your clutter?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
9 Feb 10
I used to be like that but I've slid into bad habits. Clothes, misc personal papers, old toys, a hairdryer or two. Rubbish really.
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@jb78000 (15173)
9 Feb 10
3 binbags - one for the charity shop, one for recycling and one for the bin. will take you half an hour.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
9 Feb 10
30 bin bags perhaps. There's an awful lot of rubbish in there!
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• Canada
9 Feb 10
Declutter? What's that? LOL Our whole apartment looks like that room you have described. LOL As for the room you describe, it reminds me of a room at my grandparents place, full of stuff that they have aquired at garage sales over the last five or six decades. LOL there are all kinds of interesting treasures (not clutter, treasures! LOL) in that room.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
I have t wrk hard to stop the rest of the house sliding that way. It's not easy I can assure you.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Ummmm.... Do ya both need to be on that show "Hoarders"? as always...... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@nannacroc (4049)
9 Feb 10
I am constantly trying to de-clutter but Mr Croc keeps saying the dreaded words, 'that might come in handy', it never does. He also seems to be addicted to buying things from charity shops, so no matter how much clutter I clear he replaces it with twice as much. One day I'm going to send him out and get rid of all his stuff, the house would seem twice the size.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
Maybe he could start his own shop. Mr Croc's odds and ends. You'd be millionaires!
@nannacroc (4049)
10 Feb 10
I wish I could get him to part with it.
9 Feb 10
Hi p1key, Lol!! as you have seen my house, my whole house is cluttered, I neend to declutter it and cleare everything out!! and guess where they are going? all up in the attic but I need hubby to do that and to depend on him is another thing,but I do have this bad habit of keeping things, just in case, lol! hugs, Tamara xxxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
Bizarrely our attic is the least cluttered part of the house Tamara. I even got rid of a bin bag of attic rubbish today! XXXX
10 Feb 10
Hi p1key, My, you have been bussy today, its still cluttered here, hubby is home, lol!! hugs. Tamara xxxx
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• India
9 Feb 10
i have always enjoyed decluttering for two reasons.... first thing is when start sorting it... i get many things that will refresh my memory and i get the feeling that i am reliving those movements... and i feel happy about it... second thing is i dont want anyone to interfere in my family privacy...
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
9 Feb 10
That's the feeling that I want. But I have to get there first!!!
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• India
9 Feb 10
ya... i know first step is always the most difficult one...
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
9 Feb 10
Well as I am moving I am doing it now but it is not to bad as I have only been here 3 Years not like when I moved here lol there was loadssssssssssssssssssss because I had been living there 14 years Today I found the Baby Photos again of my 2 and oh those where the Days lol But quite a bit has already been disposed of lol
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
LOL over the baby photos. I'd be the same Gabs. But you have to move. Maybe that's what we should do. Wonder if the Boss would mind!
• United States
9 Feb 10
oh clutter, clutter, clutter.... boy do I know about it and have to deal with it on a weekly basis!!!! first let me say I have been married--going to be 14 yrs this March...we lived in apartments for the first 9 yrs of our marriage and we always had a "drop all" room --that is what I called it because that is where we got stuff and dropped it and it stayed there and like 4 times a yr I would clean out that room.... 5 yrs ago we bought a fixer upper house when it was justs hubby,me and our son... and the house is smaller than the last 2 apartments we had -so we had alot of stuff to fit in a small place...but at least we had a garage to put the extra... well I have been de-cluttering us for the last 5 yrs..and now we have our daughter -- so when I get rid of stuff I swear we get 2 things to replace that one!!...so I am always decluttering my house week by week... On the bright side, we bought our house and the house market dropped...so our house isnt worth what it was when we bought it... ...but I try to think positive and tell hubby since we wont be selling to quickly we have the time to put into remodeling (which we do the work ourself) and we have time to go through everything --a little bit at a time -- and make it perfect before we sell....LOL So I know and am living with a clutter situation, but I can say it is much better than it was last year!!! LMAO!!Happy mylotting!!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
You sound like us. Think that daughter is all sweet, the apple of your eye? Just wait. Daughters clutter fantastically. Mine is the world champion clutterer. If there was an Olympic sport called "Cluttering" she'd win gold. Wouldn't swop her for the world though.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
9 Feb 10
Hello, Pikey. When we sold up in England a couple of years ago, we had to empty a 3 reception room, 3 bedroom house, with an attic the size of the whole top floor. I did lots of car boot sales, took stuff to the charity shops, made regular trips to the tip, which was thankfully only a mile away, and invited friends and family around to take their pick of things we didn't need. Of course, one man's junk is another man's treasure. We found some old wooden boxes in the attic, which Tony wanted to send to the tip. I said I wanted to sell them at the car boot sale, and I got the asking price straight away - I could have charged even more, and sold more if I'd had them. I'm trying not to accumulate clutter now, but it's difficult, as I'm married to an inveterate hoarder.
• Spain
9 Feb 10
Hello, Oreo. No, there's no logic to it. Nor is there any logic to my husband giving away the very tools he needed, and then having to buy them again. Hoarders hang on to all the crap, and part with the useful and/or valuable stuff. It was ever thus, I'm afraid.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
I never was a hoarder. But I have become one Sandra. I shall just have to gird my loins and get on with it.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
9 Feb 10
The best way to declutter is to move. Want to trade houses? LOL
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
Is your house a clutter free zone?
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Most of it is ok. I think the city dump is in my step daughter's room though. It's easier to throw out some one else's stuff than your own, because there's no memories attached. oh...unless you'd like to keep her along with the house?
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
9 Feb 10
We've decluttered. We still need to do more. I think we try to look at things and say that we're not using it and somebody else might.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
That's an excellent way to look at it.
• Canada
11 Feb 10
It's just hard to actually implement. You have no idea how many times my husband has pointed out how much we spent, or how we might, at some future time, need this random item. I have trouble with it too, but I know that I need the space now.
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
9 Feb 10
I lets thing go for people who are in need. I donate to veterans. I don't keep anything just in case. Oh, maybe hammer and nails, that I use once every two years. Everything else has to go...if not used in two years.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
I wish that I had your discipline. I am a total clutter wimp!
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
10 Feb 10
just saw my typo anyway...I can send some over to you...
@BarBaraPrz (19851)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Feb 10
I need to do that, too. I'm trying, though. I work one little section at a time, otherwise I'd be so overwhelmed by the daunting task at hand that I'd become immobilized with anxiety and just curl up on the couch instead. I'm much better at organizing other people's stuff. Wanna trade?
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
OK. You be anxious in my home and I'll be anxious in yours!
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@BarBaraPrz (19851)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
10 Feb 10
Sounds like a plan... got any valium?
• Canada
14 Feb 10
We also have a spare room that is just used to store stuff in. It is pretty full and someone has to go through it. *sigh* But I can't quite bear to do it. I'm terrible for that.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
14 Feb 10
That's me. Are you related to me? LOL.
@GreenMoo (11842)
11 Feb 10
I think bringing someone else in is a fabulous solution. My mother would sort you out in no time! She holds no prisoners, accepts no excuses, and works for tea and biscuits. Someone else hasn´t got the emotional attachment to your old junk, and can see it for what it is. Unfortunately, I haven´t anyone handy to declutter for me and as I´m currently spread over three different houses my clutter is reaching momentous proportions. Do you remember that TV programme where they chucked everyone´s junk into the garden then only let it back into the house if it was worth keeping? I can´t remember if it was a series or a one off, but I was so impressed with the idea. With the long dry summers we get here it would be an ideal solution. Chuck everything out, and start afresh! It would certainly give the neighbours something new to gossip about. I suspect boredom would set in before everything was sorted though, with the unfortunate result that the clutter would just be spread throughout the garden as well as the house.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Feb 10
I've got tea and biscuits. Will she be driving down or shall I meet her at the station? If she's in Berkshire I can pick her up and drive her. Transport is NOT an obstacle. I need her. LOL, Now where you live I could easily subscribe to a minimalist approach.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Hey p1key! If I had an extra room I know for sure it would be just as you described! Instead I have things everywhere and need to declutter! There are things pushed into closets so that when you open them you could get hurt! There are things pushed into every corner and under every empty space! My upstairs neighbor who passed away a few months ago had a room full of clutter and when his family and I were cleaning out his apartment we found things buried in piles that he had kept for over 10 years! And he kept the strangest things! And he was only living in the apartment for three years!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
I knew a guy that collected every single newspaper over 40 years Opal! When he left his apartment he needed a truck just to carry them away!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
10 Feb 10
Cluttered basement room - One room only is this way. Kind of.
I will just say that the attatched photo here explains my answer. Thjis is just one area of my basement. But then again, it's this way for now as we are finishing a room down there. as always...... HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
That's a step towards our room. But yours is tidy in comparison Grandpa Bob! LOL.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
10 Feb 10
you can do this, Pike. I had to do this a few months ago when I moved to a smaller place. Get 3 empty boxes. One for things to toss, one for things to donate and another for things you need to keep. Its mind over matter. You have to be determined to de-clutter that room. I got rid of things that I thought had sentimental value. They did actually but the thing was is they were in a box in my closet taking up room. I never looked at them and they had no purpose. I still have the memory of them and that is what is important. letters and things, I scanned on my computer and put on disc. Later....someday...I'll download them and put them in a scrapbook. It is hard but if you put your mind to it then you can do it and you won't regret it. If you haven't used it in a year then odds are you probably won't. Once in a great while I get rid of something I wish I hadn't but it's never anything big that I can't easily replace.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
10 Feb 10
I think that perhaps you'd better come over and supervise me Sid. I get very easily distracted and then the day is gone!