I saw an interesting blog post a couple days ago over at the art of simple, where Tsh talked about the difference between de-cluttering andorganizing. It was quite an eye opener, and I suggest you head there and read more about it!
I have been having an amazing bit of writers block recently, and generally feeling lackadaisical – I prefer that fancy sounding word over lazy! I know part of it is the extremely cold weather we have had for months and months and months, but I also know that a lot of it has to do with the amount of clutter in the house right now.
I feel like I spend a lot of time de-cluttering, but after I read Tsh’s article I realized that mostly what I was doing was re-organizing…constantly. Not that re-organizing, or organizing to being with, are essentially bad, but I realized that when I have to dedicate specific days to get it all accomplished while my husband occupies the kids, there is something wrong.
A couple of years ago I first heard about minimalism, and immediately said that I loved the idea but had no clue how I could live with so much less. Instead, I did a bit of a hybrid approach and got rid of a ton of junk that had been in boxes since we moved into our house; storage boxes which were full of unknown items.
Even after that summer of de-cluttering, I still try to keep up with the amount of stuff that we have, getting rid of small amounts of stuff here and there. What I realized after reading this blog post though, was that I needed a more drastic outcome. When I clear out a little at a time, there inevitably comes something new to fill that small space I cleared. What I need to see is a completely empty home – since that is unlikely to happen seeing as how I have a husband and two children, I am going to need to take a more drastic approach to it all.
I started to look through Organized Simplicity again, and one of the quotes that Tsh put in was the one pictured above by William Morris. It is something that I need to consider more rather than trying to find another nook to stick something. Now to get my family on board with a big house de-cluttering event!
What do you think of de-cluttering vs. organizing? Do you feel like you are constantly getting rid of “stuff” or rather moving it around to make it look pretty again? Have you gotten rid of a lot at once? How did your family react?