Does this clutter make my house look fat?

I’ve been spring-cleaning. Actually, snow-cleaning. Turning snow days into something productive. I know you can relate to this—the need to streamline and simplify. Tell me I’m not alone.

My house has been on a diet. I’ve attacked rooms, closets, and drawers. Along the way, I’ve examined clothing, shoes, purses, lotions, soaps, knick knacks, pillows, pictures, furniture, and, most recently, Christmas decorations. My Christmas closet now holds one-fourth its former weight. It wasn’t easy. Who doesn’t love a singing Christmas tree? And dancing Frosty?

Clean Christmas closet

Clean Christmas closet

Still, like every other area in the house, I asked myself “Do I love it?” and “Do I still use it—or still want to?” Those questions helped—a lot. Anything I love or still want to use, I kept. But those other things, the ones that I’d enjoyed but tired of, have gone into give-away piles. I filled boxes to offer to friends and took all leftovers to Goodwill. It’s been liberating. Someone else can now enjoy one of these treasures.

The things with emotional pull, but no current use, transformed into a digital picture I can look at whenever I like. And we all know digital pictures don’t add any weight to our houses. So if that crazy rock reminded me of a great vacation, I pitched it out of the house and into my memory stick.

The result of my decluttering diet? There’s more room to move in the house, less to clean and dust, I’m emotionally lighter, and I can enjoy the things I truly love.

What about you? What have you gotten rid of and how did you do it? Please share. I might need to apply your tricks to take off those last few clutter pounds.


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2 responses to “Does this clutter make my house look fat?

  1. That’s a good point. I’ve wondered about some of my choices when looking at them later. If I can’t even bring myself to try them on, I know there’s no way I’ve ever going to wear them again. Out they go.

  2. I’ve discovered that what helps me decide which clothes to ditch is not the rule about not having worn them in two years or six months or whatever. What convinces me is trying them on. I usually find they don’t fit quite the same (our bodies change as we age) or they look dated or I just don’t like them anymore. Sometimes I even wonder what I was thinking when I bought a particular item. Seeing how they look on me today and how I feel wearing them now usually overrides any justification that I should keep them because I might just wear them again someday.