Having a clear out
By Gary Marsh
April 30, 2019 4:08am CST
The other week I helped my wife clear out her wardrobes as they were fit to burst. It took us a couple of days. My wife is a dreadful hoarder and is very reluctant to recycle stuff with the excuse it might come in handy one day. Oh the shame of it all. My daughter came around and said oh you want to watch this programme. it is a Japanese lady who go into peoples houses and help them declutter. She is so funny but also quite serious and GETS RESULTS. Her name is Marie Kondo and she looks like a little girl but she made me laugh. Some of the houses she went into are absolutely chock a block with stuff that you can barely walk around the rooms. By the end of the programme the people had used her methods to declutter and made a great improvement of their homes. I told my daughter blimey that is what we did I got all my wifes stuff out and put it on the bed and told her to sort what she wants to get rid of and two sacks of her clothes came out of her wardrobes for recycling. There were many things with labels still on them. Moving on. I decided what was good for my wife should apply to me too so yesterday I spent some time sorting out my wardrobe. Oh the shame of it. I must say I was a bit more ruthless than my wife. She kept coming into the room to offer her help. I told her to go away otherwise I would not have been able to throw anything out. She would have made me keep some of the stuff.I finally ended up fillling five sacks of clothes. Oh the shame. Still I guess that it will help some other people as they was nothing wrong with any of the clothes although I dare say some were rather on the small size or I didn't like the colour or feel of the material. My wardrobes are now nice and tidy and all my clothes are hanging nicely without being squashed. Next month my wife is due to go away for three months. I am going to have a massive clear out while she is away. The last time she was away like this I did the same. She never noticed or if she did she did not say anything. Do you declutter? Photo from Pixabay
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@garymarsh6 I hate to see old papers on the tables, he does not need all those things, but if I ask to throw he invents thousand of excuses. Time by time, I take out from a cabinet a big pile of old magazines and throw them all. Should he ask I say that he threw them years ago, I am sure he cannot remember.
@garymarsh6 Once one starts decluttering it will get easier. I have decluttering for a while now and also helped others too. It is very good feeling to get rid of things. I feel much lighter in my home now. That is a sneaky but smart things to do while she is gone.
• United Kingdom
I did not realise I had so much stuff DianneN. Thankfully it is much better now but I will still clear more. We will need to do it as we want to down size. Personally I would like a one bedroom place but I doubt that will happen although I have to say I do like the space we have but with just two rattling around in this house it is a bit daft really!
I am often getting scolds from my hubby for being disorganized and not keeping things in order. Honestly I get angry, as I have tons of works to attend and it is not possible for me to keep everything in order regardless of how much I try. Most often I am successfully keeping my silence, I only react silently so there won't be any clash. Men will do one work at a time but ladies are just opposite so there won't be perfection all the ways.
• Sutton, England
Oh shame on you Gary! Seriously I used to hoard clothes in case they came back in fashion one day. When I became seriously ill in 2016 many of the clothes were useless as I lost so much weight. All my clothes apart from some good clobber that does fit me were sent to a charity shop. I recently treated myself to a new wardrobe of clothes. These hang neatly in one wardrobe and not the three I used to take over.