RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: De/Re/CLutter?

as posted by Jan

Since posting about decluttering, I am still muttering about the need for it in my house. How about you?

1. What things do you like to hang on to?

Books, things that remind me of other people, and, generally, a lot of other nearly useless things

2. What is hard to let go of?

It’s not the letting go that is hard for me. It’s setting aside the time to actually do it. So, it usually happens when we move. One of the valuable questions for me is: “Do I really want to move this again?” So, other than a few sentimental items, the only things that are actually hard for me to release are books. But reselling them at a local used bookstore has helped ease that pain considerably!

3. What is easy to give away?

Clothes, as in, the girls clothes as they have grown. We don’t currently have anyone to whom to pass them “down” so we put them in a collection bin … because it is easy.

4. Is there any kind of stumbling block connected with cleaning out?

Time and energy are the two things most likely to stop the cleaning out. There is a certain threshold for my desk as home that when reached must be addressed. But cleaning the garage or attic will probably wait until we move again.

5. What do you like to collect, hoard, or admire?

I suppose the Peanuts especially Snoopy and Charlie Brown (and books … did I mention books yet?).

Bonus: Tell us about recycling or whatever you can think of that goes along with this muttering about cluttering.

When we moved into this parsonage, there were items in the garage that were either abandoned by previous clergy or “leftover” parsonage furniture including two four-drawer filing cabinets. Late last night, long after the sun had gone down, I used the available child labor to move one of those cabinets to my church office because the “threshold of clutter doom” has been long crossed by the paperwork on my desk at the office. However, not having a filing cabinet has served me well in not addressing that paper disaster. But I can’t stand it anymore. So, the needed storage space for those piles of paperwork is now in the appropriate place to be used instead of being an under performing waste of space in the garage. ::sigh:: Sometime soon, I’ll begin moving paper from desk to drawer in the filing cabinet or to recycle bin and the desk can begin to function as a desk again.


About Sarah The Vicar of Hogsmeade

I'm an United Methodist clergywoman with two daughters. I read. I geocache. I look for excuses to laugh. My Ph.D. is on Clergywomen and Grief.
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3 Responses to RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: De/Re/CLutter?

  1. kathrynzj says:

    On a day off I recruited my Mom to come in and help me get all of the files/paper I had laying around and in boxes from the move into the filing cabinets.

    Incredibly good use of a day off. Seriously.

  2. Gord says:

    Yes moving is a great ncentive to declutter isn't it (although we stilll moved far more stuff than I had hoped). Unfortunately I look around the living room and still see boxes that haven\t been dealt with (and lets just not mention the basement)

  3. how blessed to have help & cabinet that handy! excellent ~ happy for you 🙂

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