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Decorate with Intention: Clutter Clearing 101

Fearlessly face disorganized areas to find the home of your dreams Full Story
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Susan Fulks
Oh yeah...one more thing...just to give you an idea how my mind works.....I had my deceased father's roll top desk in my studio...and it eventually fell apart...but some of the deep drawers were salvageable. I bought pantry shelving, placed the drawers on the shelves...and use them to hold scraps of fabric and canvas. That way I have "repurposed" and still have something that belonged to my father.
February 8, 2012 at 6:34am     
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JAN MOYER
In the end, life is nothing but choices. You choose the amount of stuff you buy. You choose how you would like to store that stuff. You choose how much/little to demand from yourself or your family. The neatniks think the slobs are crazy and vice versa. But life in our homes, despite their growing size, has taken on a truly reduced pleasure. It is not pleasant to enter some of these places. More toil goes into pushing junk out of the way, than would ever go into actually finding a place for it, or simply tossing it. I don't know when we got the idea that more is better. It simply is not. Have less stuff, and have better stuff. Clean it as you use it. Get a system, set a standard, and don't go below that standard unless someone dies or gets carted away in an ambulance. Zen your house and your mind, because the endless buying, discount shopping, "more is better" concept is depressing, and makes your home same. Nobody remembers what you or your kids were wearing last week, they are focused on themselves.
There has never been a moment in history when keeping house was easier. We have micro cloths, we have Swiffers, we have every kind of product, and aid, and appliance known to mankind. But the human body is no different than it was, there are still only 365 days in a year, and 24 hours in a day. The whole point of reducing junk, limiting the huge and accumulated messes... is to enjoy more of those 24 hours. It is either trash or treasure. It serves a function, or does not. It is clean, or it is dirty. It has a place, or needs a place to go. If you used it, put it back.... and on and on. In the end, no bins, or baskets, or vacuums will help unless you use them. It is appalling that little kids will choose a cardboard box in the yard, over all the plastic junk in the universe!!? That you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time? That a neatly made bed looks dreamier than one the dogs are still sleeping in? That your shiny under mounted sink looks nicer in its granite home when NOT filled with dishes? That Christmas will be no merrier for all the crates of "faux" junk in the basement, and your home no more magical in the season? That Halloween is a ONE DAY event? The whole darn thing is nothing but choice. Not some magical place you get to by accident.....or bins... or shelving.
I wish you the scent of freshly folded laundry, crisp sheets, fresh flowers, the sparkle of glass, the gleam on a table, and room to hang and store your needs in this life. Not a speck less! Or more.
May 7, 2012 at 6:36am     
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