Tuesday, October 22, 2013

De-Cluttering Series~Bargain Clutter

Bargain Clutter

It is exactly what it sounds like!  Bargains, I mean aren't we all suckers for a bargain.  I got this awesome 'fill in the blank' for pennies and it normally costs dollars! 
 I've always loved bargains.  I go straight to the clearance aisles in the stores.  So do I buy things I don't need?  You Betcha!!
How many note cards and pads of paper does one gal need?
Or if it's such a good deal you buy multiples when one would do??
So all this (and much more) ends up as clutter!

When I discovered thrifting I kind of went ...
Such bargains and I bought and bought and bought!  Told myself it was for my ETSY shop, and while I did sell a little bit it really wasn't my thing! Or it was for my blog...I mean I needed something to share on thrifty days and then...
I discovered Tablescaping! 
Which resulted in this and so much more!
Two Drawers of Napkins
and Three drawers of place mats and tablecloths!
Napkin rings, flatware and on and on!
So where did I store it all?  I had the dish closet and (drum roll) a basement!
It was way to easy to just 'take it to the basement' and I did!

Now that I've moved to a two bedroom duplex I have no room for all my stuff aka Clutter!
So I was forced to make some hard decisions.
I started with dishes!
This is just a part of what I donated!  I had to get brutal with myself.  It was hard and it felt like I was giving away money.  I mean I paid for these items and now I'm just giving it away!  
Then I had an epiphany!
Thrifting and the thrill of the hunt were fun! 
 It was (and is, lets be honest here) entertainment for me!
Others might go to movies, concerts, out to dinner, etc and they don't have anything to show for it.  So it was 'ok' for me to donate items and let go of them and consider that it was entertainment and not a waste of money! 
So donating place mats, table cloths and so much more was easier....really it was and is!

I'm still donating as I pack and purge! 
I have taken to the thrift shop over 6 trunk loads of stuff!  Not just dishes but clothes, collectibles, books, holiday decor and junk!
The more I donate, the easier it is!

I still love my stuff and believe me I have more then I need, but I am working on it.  When I thrift shop now it's with a different 'eye'.  Things I need, stuff for Tiger and some collectibles but not nearly as much.  My space is limited and so I am having to make decisions.  If I buy something there must be a place for it or something else has to go.  REALLY it does!  

Thanks for joining me as I De-Clutter
Next week we tackle 
Sentimental Clutter


Wishing you JOY,



Kathe said...

I love your thought process! You are right, we throw money at movies and coffee and all of the thought of as, traditional entertainment. Okay, I need to be as brutal as you! I can't even enjoy shopping anymore after moving because I think, I have no more room! Time to make room LOL!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Linda, You are so right! Hunting and buying is a big part of my entertainment. Just yesterday when I was agonizing over where to put my new thrift stuff, Mr. Retro said: you know it's our hobby, so we can buy it then sell it or just donate it back. I donated about 50plates from tablescaping recently, and can still set plenty tables with the dishes I still have, lol. I hunt with a "crafting" eye also now.

Love this post! No beating ourselves up...enjoy the hunting!

:) Pam

DogsMom said...

I am trying but I am still stuck. I am categorizing hoping it will help me see that I don't need as much in specific categories. Old habits are very hard to break!
At least now I am slowing down buying things since I can honestly say I know how much I have.
I grew up in a larger extended family. Those days are over but the thought patterns want to hang tight.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I know exactly what you're saying Linda! I had to let tablescaping go my first year of blogging, it just got overwhelming. My new mantra is buy what I love and what I know I'll use. You're doing great:@)

Diann said...

I'm right there with you girl! Enjoy it then let it go for someone else to enjoy!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I am not ready to down size yet, but I know we all get there! You have a great attitude about it.

Jill said...

It's a vicious circle - isn't it.....

Vonlipi said...

I like youe way of thinking! It is entertainement!

I have to keep repeating that to me as I will downsize my Etsy store and my Pyrex collection!

I don't need that much stuff!

Say hi to Charlie!

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

Wow, Linda, I see some really collectible things in there, Metlox and maybe a Franciscan platter? Add to your other views this idea - you are THRILLING another collector who's finding what you're donating for a very affordable price. Yay for you! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Give yourself a big pat on the back. You deserve it!!

20 North Ora said...

Good for you Linda!! That takes a lotta guts to do that. But, I do know that the more you do, the easier it gets. I just can't seem to get started. LOL


20 North Ora said...

Good for you Linda!! That takes a lotta guts to do that. But, I do know that the more you do, the easier it gets. I just can't seem to get started. LOL


Susan said...

Hi Linda....
Good for you bringing six truckloads of stuff to charity.

When you finish, can you fly up here to Massachusetts and help me do the same thing? Susan

Cozy Little House said...

That's how I do it. If I buy something I have to have a place for it or it doesn't come home with me. You have to be like that or you end up with a mess on your hands. Good for you!

Vicky Hunt said...

So sweet of you to donate all your goodies! You know you could sell in consignment and get some of your $$$ back. I sell all my clothes as well as other household items I am getting rid of at the consignment shop. Just a thought! I know the ladies that discover all your treasures are happy! I am anxious to see how you are tackling sentimental clutter....that's a hard one for me! Have a blessed week and happy purging!

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Marigene said...

I am so proud of you, Linda. I need to do what you are doing...I have so many napkin rings and napkins I could open a store...or at least donate some of them!

Hartwood Roses said...

Linda, you are my hero!

Melanie said...

Wow, Linda...you are so inspiring! I had to smile when I saw the picture of your basement with the shelving with stuff all over and the bins sitting there. It looks just like my basement! And my thinking is just like yours..."I paid money for it, how can I just give it all away?" I am purging slowly. Too slow, really. Thanks for the encouragement!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Good for you, Linda. It is hard getting rid of things that we really like, but simplifying takes a lot of stress out of our lives. Keep it up, sweet friend. xo Laura

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What an inspiration you are!



Ivy and Elephants said...

I love your thinking! I do love finding unique and unloved treasures and giving them new life, or just a loving home. But there is a limit, and I too have reached it. But the pleasure of the hunt has been priceless, now I can share the love.
Great advice! Thank you.

Chatty Crone said...

You know I love you - but you do have a lot of BEAUTIFUL STUFF! I wish you could make some money on it. That would be so nice.


Anonymous said...

Look at you go! Great job! I,like you, used to thrift constantly. Only difference is I didn't hold onto, one day my husband said, "You bring it in from a yard sale one week and take it out to Goodwill the next!" Well, it was true, but after years of that, I finally started asking myself the all-important question: Do I *need* this? And if the answer is no, now I leave it in the store (thrift or otherwise). But it took a long long time to get there. Proud of you for purging!

Hugs ~ Mary

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I love a bargain but wish I had more space for my stuff, well at the moment my gift box is overflowing and I have gifts all over the place and no space to store it all in.......lol

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, my goodness. You have written about me! That is exactly what I've done. We don't even eat at the table, yet I bought dishes and set the table.
I am finally getting rid of all that stuff that was me just trying to be like other bloggers.
I still visit the thrift stores, but I rarely buy anything now.
Good luck with all that you're doing.

mrs. c said...

Jeff and I are just like you....we like the looking and discovering the treasures in other people's junk. The good thing about that is now we have a booth at the Knitting Mill where our treasures go to be sold, and I must say for much more that we paid for them. I can also put my painted furniture and other hand made things there. I have no problem sending my stuff to the booth. We are now taking all the things that do not sell to a wonderful thrift store, New Leash on Life, for them to resale. I think is is a wonderful hobby...some people like to play golf, we like to thrift, but the key is not KEEPING your stuff!

joanne said...

great idea for a series. I need to do some serious de-cluttering but I'm not sure where to start! I feel the same way you do, it's the thrill of the hunt and that's our entertainment.

Sarah said...

Linda, I've been working at de-cluttering here too. Was full steam ahead last month, but this month not so much. Thanks for the reminder. ;-)
I like the dish storage closet. Is that in this home or your previous one? I need something like this so I can keep things all in one space.
Great idea for a series. ~ Sarah

Maureen Wyatt said...

You are so right! I have a craft room that is so full I can't do any crafts or sewing in there. Heck, I can hardly get in the door. Some of it has to go!

Christa @ Controlling Craziness said...

Love it! You are doing such a good job. Love how you compare finding bargains to entertainment so it's OK to get rid of it when it's turned to clutter. What a great analogy. Keep up the good work, can't wait to see the next in the series.

Alycia Nichols said...

I LOVE your thought process for justifying the bargain purchases!!! I will have to adopt that as my own!

Congratulations on having the courage to let go of some of your stuff! It really does knock a little wind out of your sails to do it, but then it's smooth sailing again in no time!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You're a courageous lady, Linda! I think I could get rid of bargain clutter, but the sentimental clutter sounds much more difficult. I'll be watching!!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh Linda
I wish i lived closer ,don't even know where u are however we could have had one heck of a yard sale or inside sale

it hurts me to see you haul your entertainment away to a thrift store .
You sounded just like me I go thrifting to entertain myself since I am a single gal and not dating
darn it advertise a SALE
ladies like me and you will give you a quarter or 50 cents for any dish there LOL that change adds up

I had a friend bring me over a trunk load of quarter items and I made her $150 one afternoon
she told me just give it away and I sold it blah blah blah I know sorry for ranting LOL


It is "The Thrill of the HUNT" for me too! I do the have the booths, but I have a hard time selling stuff!
You are doing GREAT!
Can't wait for the next one!


Oops, I mean, letting stuff/treasures going to the booths!

Donna said...

I think so many of us can relate, Linda! Thrifting is so much fun, in fact, I never really went to thrift stores til I started blogging! Now I am hooked! So instead of feeling bad when you donate items that you bought and really don't need, you are letting someone else enjoy them, AND helping support so many good charitable organizations that run the thrift stores!

Susan said...

You have a strong will! I'm not so sure I could be that disciplined, although I did give a lot away before the move. Yes, it feels good, XOXO

Jann Olson said...

Linda, I think it's good for us all to declutter every now and then. I love dishes, but thank goodness I don't pick up napkins or placemats. Dish fetish is bad enough! lol! I am much more particular these days also.

Annesphamily said...

Linda your philosophy is simple and I L O V E it! I need to downsize too. SO many things. I sell a few items around the holidays on ebay. The extra dollars help out! You inspire me!