Books and movies are a huge source of clutter in our home. I've found that
Kindle and Netflix are a great service in that I no longer buy physical objects,
though I do wonder if someday we'll be making the same commentary about
digital clutter. Interesting read. My family goes on these huge
"clean the house for charity" drives in which we go through all our
stuff and donate a lot of it. A household of seven generated over 200 pairs of
shoes that none of us were wearing. Not all of them were totally worn out
either. And we'd not bought most of them. People saw that I had four girls
and just liked giving us stuff... One great way to declutter is to
move into a smaller house. You're then forced to get rid of things. :)
Madden, how about this: Tell everyone in the family that they have to put five
"keepsakes" from their own personal space, into a box. Put the box in
the basement, sealed up tight. Put the date on it. I'll be no one
misses those "keepsakes" when you open the box up a year later.. Is anyone else having problems posting here?I have to press the
"submit" button about 15 times before it works .... and it's the
same on all three computers.
We just shuffled kids around in our house and as we moved people from one
bedroom to another all could think was "how much stuff can we possibly
have?!?" It seemed like every shelf and corner had some piece of
memorabilia. A lot of it are keepsakes, something made or drawn, but plenty of
it was junk that was money wasted. It really would be liberating to have much
less clutter, at least to me. I can't be alone in that battle...I just want
to toss it, but the rest of the family isn't so keen on that.
To Roland K & LValfreNothing wrong with books or hoarding info.
But, that is why the internet, Libraries systems, & "just browsing"
@ bookstores are so wonderful.Re: Reasonable PersonAgreed. Its funny to see how alot of people get so OCD about keeping up w/ the
What causes this?Shopping "just to go shopping", gifting for silly
occasions, and the false need to have a roomful of toys for every child.All you have to do, is go to any Deseret Industries and see the aisles
full of last year's Christmas and Halloween "junk" (and I do mean
junk). ....as well as the unwanted gifts in the knick-knacks, home decor and
housewares sections.In a society that has to have the latest iPhone
every year (a $200 status symbol?), we need to look at what we are doing. When
the Dollar Store or Walmart junk moves quickly to the thrift stores, what good
did that money do? Why buy a McMansion just to hold more junk? All it did
was create jobs in China.Turn things over and look at where
they're made. Then, don't bring it home if it says "China".
Only we consumers can improve our own economy. We need to stop buying
throwaway clutter, and buying top-quality US-made goods!
Clutter drives me nuts. Besides, it feels so great to give stuff away, knowing
that it might actually be useful to someone else.
@Roland Kayser"To Hutterite: My wife is always complaining about
our house being jammed to rafters with all my books. I know it's illogical,
but I just can't part with them."My girlfriend and soon to
be wife helped me with that during my last move. Made me pick out my favorite
books and get rid of the rest. I'm an information hoarder ... what can I
say. And I take pride in building a fountain of knowledge to display.But nothing's better than the peace of mind and focus that comes with
To Hutterite: My wife is always complaining about our house being jammed to
rafters with all my books. I know it's illogical, but I just can't
part with them.
My 11-year-old daughter looked through the book that reported this study. After
viewing pictures of clutter and messy bedrooms, etc., she said she was glad we
were not that bad.I took my camera and shot a few photos of our
house and showed it to her. She was not happy to see that in some parts of our
home, at least, we were no better and had some room for improvement. That was part of the value of writing this story. It helped to see how we live
and examine why. I think I am going to go home and get rid of a few things...
I can't stand clutter. You might say I am an anti-hoarder. If I don't
see a use for it within the next 12 months it's gone. I can't stand
piles of papers, boxes, and knickknacks occupying every square inch of my home.
Their is beauty and peace in minimalism, not to mention the fact that you
require a much smaller house as an anti-hoarder. That said my
anti-hoarding tendencies don't always go over well with my wife, who has a
tendency to want to hold on to everything, it's definitively been a source
of some contention.
I just spent a week cleaning out my junk preparing for a move. It made me sick
to see how much money I have spent over the years on stuff that got put
somewhere and hardly, if ever, used.We do tend to shop too much. And have
too much. I think I need one of those tiny houses so I can't collect
so much stuff!This was an interesting article.
I am amazed and a little ashamed at how well this article resembles our home of
the last 50 years. Not only do we have much of our own
“stuff”, our home is an overflow warehouse for several of our kids
and grandkids. And it’s not just the house, it’s the garage, the
patio and even the old child play house.
I think the article communicated the most important point, that we define
ourselves by what we consume. I think as a society we would be healthier if we
produce more than we collect. I'm not saying we have to produce
goods. For example, a child's imagination can be exercised when playing
with toys. The toys are a means and not an end. That hoarding impulse can
often serve itself only. When the greatest memory associated with a purchase is
the actual moment of purchase then that might be a flag indicating unnecessary
consumption.I think for many that shopping is an addiction.
Wouldn't it be great if people brought more books into the home, especially
those with children, and less figurines? Maybe we wouldn't have to blame
the teachers anymore.