Friday Five: Decluttering Edition

Sally of RevGals writes:

With Jo, Jon and Chris all moving to college and University accommodation there has been a big clear up going on in the Coleman household. We have been sorting and trying hard not just to junk stuff, but actually to get it to where it can be useful. On a brighter note we have used Freecycle ( check it out) to provide the twins with pots and pans etc that other folk were clearing out. Making the most of our resources is important, I have been challenged this week by the amount of stuff we accumulate, I’d love to live a simpler lifestyle, it would be good for me, and for the environment I think… With that in mind I bring you this Friday 5;

1. Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?
Hoarder. I admit it.

2. Name one important object ( could be an heirloom) that you will never part with.
“Never” is a hard word. I’d tell you that I would never part with my grandmother’s Fostoria glassware, or my grand piano. But a tornado or a fire could wipe it all out in seconds. (Can you tell I have been praying for Darfur this morning?)

There are many things I would miss. But I can live without all of the “things” in my life. At least I think so…. I would try to, anyway… (uh… God? Don’t test me on this, OK? Please?)

3. What is the oldest item in your closet? Does it still fit???
The christening gown that my grandfather wore. And no it doesn’t fit.

4.Yard sales- love ’em or hate ’em?
Giving them? No thanks. Going to them? No thanks. I frequently do a drop off at GoodWill or Salvation Army.

5. Name a recycling habit you really want to get into.
FlyLady’s rule of decluttering 15 minutes a day…

And for a bonus- well anything you want to add….
I would throw away or give away any or all of the following:

  • camping equipment we have not used in how many years??? six??? five???
  • suitcases that are too heavy to pick up empty, let alone full
  • dishes and stuff that were given to us, I never use, but were presents from “the other side” of the family so I have to get them out and use them or be seen as ungrateful (maybe I am… Lord, forgive me it this is so!)
  • furniture that can’t be sat on or used by visitors or family because it is “too valuable” or “too new” or “mine”

I don’t mean to sound rude, but we have too much stuff. It needs TIME and COMMITMENT and GIVING UP of all parties involved to succeed at this. sigh…


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