Moving on from small clutter to the big stuff in week 3 of the Clutter Cleanse.
I used to think an IKEA organizational unit would solve all of my storage problems.
If I just had the right storage my stuff wouldn’t be so disorganized. If the right shelf combination and drawer unit was in place the toys would be out of sight and my t-shirts would magically fold themselves into a GAP worthy pile.
Organizing sucks. I hate it. Making the perfect pile of t-shirts every Sunday, and watching it turn into a big mess by Tuesday, is so deflating. I don’t need a perfect pile of t-shirts on a shelf. I need fewer clothes so that those t-shirts can be hung up in a closet or thrown into a drawer. Yes, if you can get in the habit of Kon-Mari folding, keep going. I’m still not there myself. I usually do a big fold session once a month but a week later it’s all undone.
When I have less stuff I need less furniture. That bookshelf squeezed into the living room or that monster night stand that really holds overflow jewellery and more books and your underwear – it’s there solely because you have too much stuff.
This week we’re going declutter furniture and bigger items.
Task #7 in the Clutter Cleanse: identify once piece of furniture you can get rid. It doesn’t have to be big. It could be a foot rest, an extra dining chair or an end table.
Here’s another thing: you don’t have to get rid of it. Just think about it. What would this room feel like with one less piece of furniture?
What would I get rid of? The red chair we got in a package deal from a family that was moving back to France. It doesn’t work with our furniture but they basically gave it to us for free and we have just a couch as living room seating. Someday we will get a high backed comfy chair (love this IKEA one) but for now, we have this red chair. I think I can get by without it so… red chair, your days are numbered.
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