Why I love clutter!

@Fleura (7113)
United Kingdom
April 11, 2016 6:52am CST
My house is full of ‘stuff’ I’ve accumulated over (what I hope is only half) a lifetime, or sometimes even longer – my button tin, for example, has been amalgamated with the one I got from my mother, which in turn came from her mother. I have masses of clothes, all sorts of craft and needlework materials, piles of potentially useful pieces of wood and wire, screws and handles, and a shed full of tools. Sometimes it all drives me a bit nuts, but in spite of the fashion for extreme decluttering I’m not getting rid of it. ‘Why not?’ I hear you cry. ‘Make some more space and free yourself from that burden!’ But the catch is that I hate shopping. I’m happy occasionally browsing here and there when I don’t really want anything, but when I have to go and look for a specific item that I urgently need that’s a different matter. And even when I find something I want and it isn’t too expensive, by the time I’ve bought just a few items I feel as though I’m just haemorrhaging money which doesn’t come in anything like as easily as it goes out. Luckily now I hardly ever have to go through this ordeal as practically everything that I might need can be found or improvised from something I already have. Yesterday Big One, whose birthday is imminent, suddenly announced that she’d like a canopy over her bed. One of those sort of filmy, princessy draperies. Hmmm, where to get something like that at short notice? No time to send away for anything, not much time to go trawling the shops around the city, and a limited budget. I like to get her things she wants though, as she rarely explicitly asks for anything. Then I suddenly remembered; in the back of the wardrobe is a huge piece of flowery net curtain fabric I bought from a remnant shop on a whim about 15 years ago and have never used. The very thing! I could even jazz it up with a glue gun and some sequins and bows. I just need a way to attach it to the ceiling and we’ll be sorted, with no need to go anywhere. I’m all excited now, can’t wait for my partner to get home so we can plan how and when to put it up as a surprise! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2016.
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@CRK109 (14420)
• United States
11 Apr 16
Sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun with that fabric! Maybe you can show us pictures when you're done!
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
I hope so - for now I have mislaid the camera charger so I'm stuck!
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@CRK109 (14420)
• United States
11 Apr 16
@Fleura That's the biggest problem with clutter. I've learned, over time, to at least get everything organized so I know where everything is. :)
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
@CRK109 I think I might have left it behind when we had a few days away last week!
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@Chellezhere (1393)
• United States
7 May 16
Hmmm. When I wanted a canopy and my mother couldn't afford it, fate stepped in and placed a "canopy bed for sale" post on the bulletin board at work, Tigger (my Tabby, who lived to be 20) even loved that bed. It was like a hammock for her.
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
7 May 16
That's what you call 'serendipity'! I love it when that sort of thing happens!
@Dragonairy1 (1414)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
11 Apr 16
We seem to have a lot of clutter, and the minute we get rid of some we need it.
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
Isn't that always the way!
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11 Apr 16
Clutter is lovely. I love clutter, but I do like it to be organised clutter. I try to never throw anything out, so I just have to keep buying pretty boxes for everything to live in!
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
Ooh yes, if I had the space I would get a couple more pretty chests of drawers!
@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
11 Apr 16
I like a good hoard and stuff everywhere. As long as I know where everything is, I happy. Noramally it is on the floor somewhere!
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
It's very satisfying when you know you can find what you need in your stores!
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@Dawwriter (248)
• Pakistan
11 Apr 16
I guess it depends upon the person and types of things accumulated. as for me, I don't like clutter or too much decoration pieces so my house is simple with plenty of space.
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@Fleura (7113)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 16
That's true and if I didn't have children I wouldn't have nearly as much, but they do tend to suddenly need or want materials to make things or to dress up etc and all those can be really expensive if you need to buy them, and a lot of fun if you can improvise!
@amadeo (61725)
• United States
11 Apr 16
I have enough to last through the next century
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• United States
11 Apr 16
Hi Fluer. It is great that you already have what you need to make the canopy. Sounds like you have a lot of stuff there. I have exactly the opposite and am happy about that truly. No chains to hold me.
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