Checking in from Clutter Central

March 5th, 2009

Two months of cluttercasting.   My longest New Year’s resolution ever.   For anyone making resolutions in the future:  if you want to succeed, publicly humiliating yourself is the way to go.   Meanwhile, a few things to clarify:

You would assume that since I’m clearing out so much stuff, my house looks much better.    Actually, it looks worse.   

img_5620This is a sneak peek at  my office;  you can see our cat asleep on the far right.  I’m not cluttercasting Peppy….although there are moments when I’ve considered it.     

 Some days bring buried treasure.   Like today, when I found this.

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Designer scarf.  Early 80′s.   Eat your heart out if you love vintage.  I’m not cluttercasting it.  And here’s why.   This is the last time I remember wearing this scarf.

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A few brief hours later (“brief” meaning 21 hours of excruciating torture) my first child was born in Cedars Sinai Hospital.   A few brief years after that….

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I chose this picture not only because it happens to be within reach–but because this  shows my daughter wearing shoes.   

Today  I found those shoes.  Not just the shoes in the picture–but  an entire box of shoes– from the same era.  I lined up a few samples.   

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Don’t even ask why anyone would save such a thing.  If I thought Alli might want them someday, I might even save them for another 20 years.   But she’s a military wife who moves around constantly.  She doesn’t save stuff like I do, and she has enough problems carting around the shoes she wears now.   

For myself,  today proved I’ve come a long way in two months of cluttercasting.   (pun alert)  Not just taking baby steps, but making  great strides in learning how to let go.   When I opened this box today,  I honestly didn’t want to keep the shoes—I just wanted to use them to take a short walk down memory lane.

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  1. March 5th, 2009 at 13:49 | #1

    SO proud of you… you’ve already hit the “aren’t these wonderful… but so ready to let the go” phase of decluttering! Conisider taking pics then crop them all funky to make a memory book.
    cheers!

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  2. March 5th, 2009 at 13:54 | #2

    Good for you. A lot of the change HAS to be in attitude, not just in stuff.

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    Thanks to my two favorite cluttercasters for the moral support. Love the idea of using pictures to make a memory book. One of those things I think about—but never do. Last time I organized pictures into a scrapbook was 20 years ago—right around the same time I bought all these shoes.

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  3. March 5th, 2009 at 16:20 | #3

    Congrats! It is amazing how addicting getting rid of things can be.

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  4. March 5th, 2009 at 16:28 | #4

    You have come a long way these past few months. Keep it up. I hope you are now realizing the benefits of organzing and purging.. just wait.. it can be addictive! :)

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  5. March 5th, 2009 at 17:39 | #5

    You organizers are SO supportive, and you’re so right! I never thought it could happen but I can definitely see this getting a little bit addictive. At least the purging. I’m still a LONG way from being organized.

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  6. Stacy
    March 5th, 2009 at 20:49 | #6

    What are you going to do with all of the shoes?

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    I’m planning to give them to charity. Some are worn; some are practically brand new. Any thoughts?

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  7. Crysk
    March 7th, 2009 at 20:27 | #7

    Good idea. Quite a few children are definitely in need of shoes, especially in this economy. Oh, by the way, the first picture, looks like you stuffed someone into the white box (front one!). Trying to hide the body are we ;-)

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    OMG you’re funny— it does look like a body is in there. That’s a wig, and now that you point it out, maybe I’ll cluttercast it. I just read that people are wearing more wigs to save money on hair salons. Meanwhile I hope my clutter doesn’t turn up any real bodies. LOL.

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  1. March 5th, 2009 at 03:38 | #1