Musings of a Recovering Clutterbug, Episode 6: Your Stuff Is Not Inherently Evil

There is a deeply held belief in some corners of contemporary American society that all stuff was acquired to be thrown away, the sooner the better.  No, not really.  It’s OK to keep stuff.  Especially if you like it, do or could use it and have room for it.  (Of course, part of the trick of the having room for it is getting rid of things that have no more life in them or no longer serve a purpose for you.  Agreed.)  I have a mechanical pencil from college: It still works, so I keep it and I do use it.  End of story.

Which is where one gets to storing your stuff.  Shelving units, cabinets, racks, hooks, wardrobes, boxes, file units, etc.  Large and small.  All good for keeping things that are important to you safe and sound, clean, out of harm’s way, and accessible.

One of the mistakes I made time and again was jumping the gun on buying storage items.  You really don’t know what you need to properly store and organize your stuff until you have a grasp of what you are going to get rid of and what is going to be left.

So, sort first, ask questions later.  Questions to ask later include How much? What size? Decorative display, functional access, long term hiding, or somewhere in the middle of all that?  Jumping the gun left me with storage stuff I didn’t need, things that were too small, too flimsy, oversized.

It’s amazing how much less room stuff takes up once it is properly stored.  It can be a huge stress release to watch a ginormous pile of stuff go from a disastrous jumble to a nicely arranged area that makes everything easy and obvious to access.

So, love your stuff, embrace your stuff, and honor your stuff.  Make sure you can find it, use it, admire it and share it.

About missbodie

The Dragon Lady is a life long tea drinker. Her first coffee shops were Big Boy and the Oriental Diner in downtown Milwaukee. She lives in our Nation's Capital with three bicycles and an energetic tabby cat.
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