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woogies3

I LOVE articles like this! Thank you! I just went through my closets, kitchen cupboards, files and recipe binder and cleaned out and organized everything. I love the feeling of lightening the load. A few years ago I moved my parents out of the house I grew up in, where they lived for 50 years. That was plenty motivation for me to continue paring down on an ongoing basis. I don't ever want to have to deal with that much stuff again.

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citte

Oh woogies3, you're a person after my own heart. Ditto, ditto, ditto! Not only do you get how great it feels to clean out and organize, how much time and money and aggravation you save, you won't be leaving your mess for someone else to deal with! That alone should get and keep someone going. I had to dig thru my mother's chaos 3 times. I would never do that to my grown kids. Think there's a good message here.

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clemenza2

I also struggle with finding the right balance, but several years ago I made a change in my home that was spot on. I had two overly large corner cabinets in my dining room......They were very pretty but very inefficient.....they held quite a lot, because everything in them was stacked. Meaning things had to be unstacked to use. MEANING: I didn't use things as often as I would have liked to. Finally I gave them away and replaced them with a running strip of UPPER cabinets (slightly deeper than 12 inches) along the floor. Since they were shallow, I gained floor and visual space, and there's really no opportunity for them to become cluttered. I have to keep very large platters and bowls (seldom but sometimes used) in other parts of the house, but other than that, all the pottery and glassware I need for entertaining is contained in these cabinets. On top of which, I have a lovely cherry countertop for serving.....and on which I have my mother's two delft lamps, flanking a large mirror. The cabinets were bought at Home Depot for a total of $600, they were maple but I painted the frames and doors white after assembling. Ten years later they still function and look great. This was hands down my single best decorating decision, and it could be applied to almost any room. If the rest of my house hadn't already been furnished I might have done it in EVERY room. In which case, I probably would have had no need to read this article. Happy New Year everyone......and happy organizing.

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