Posted by Dave on June 1, 2010
Ten years ago, I was able to move everything I owned (including my futon bed) in one car (A 1990 Nissan Stanza). When my wife and I moved last summer, it took a medium-sized moving truck filled to the brim, along with my car and a friend’s mini-van to get all of our stuff from our one-bedroom apartment to our new two bedroom house. I get frustrated by the clutter that all of our possessions have created in our new house. Looking at pictures prior to when we moved in, there was nothing here (it was a repo house). In the year since we moved, between our possessions moved from our previous one bedroom apartment and things that we have picked up since that time, things have become a little cluttered.
I kind of flipped out a couple weeks ago in frustration because:
- I couldn’t find something I needed in the clutter.
- It was getting difficult to do anything in some areas of the house due to “stuff” being everywhere.
I’d really like to get one of those massive dumpster bins and throw everything I own into it and start over. I can only imagine that kind of feeling, of starting over with a clean slate – to attempt to do it all over again.
Besides not being a financially reasonable option, it would be environmentally irresponsible to just throw everything I own into the garbage. As an alternative my wife and I are going to attempt to either sell (if at all possible) or Freecycle/Donate a good chunk of our stuff over the next few weeks.
I know a lot of people who feel restricted in homes that are significantly larger than ours due to that amount of material possessions they’re storing. I don’t want to be one of “those” people who feel they need to upgrade their house because they have outgrown their small home. I want our small home to feel huge by the end of this purging process and to never have to deal with the clutter and messes that have invaded some areas.
I was given a lot of things as wedding presents, and as a result have a lot of clutter in the kitchen. For example, I went from having one plastic mixing bowl to 3 full matching sets (all much nicer than what I owned). I have 5 frying pans. My wife and I are the only two people in our house, and rarely entertain and we have 8 place settings. Things like this lead to massive amounts of clutter and not a lot of extra space.
So, this is our current project (rather, I should say this is my wife’s current project as I am studying for a large exam that will take place on June 9th) – ridding ourselves of clutter. If successful, we are hoping to have a much less stressful home life, as in the summer we have very little time to clean – we are rarely home on weekends, we are visiting family or friends all over the province. This kind of schedule means that our whole life revolves around either cleaning out the car from the previous weekend or packing it up for the next weekend, and leaves little time for cleaning. With less stuff, we’re hoping for less mess.
Ideally, I’d like to be back to a carload of possessions, but with the inclusion of things like couches, tables and a real bed – this really isn’t possible.
Have you gotten upset over the amount of material possessions you have somehow accumulated? Did you make any money doing it? Did the “closet-piles” regrow soon after, or have you been able to maintain the cleanliness achieved?