Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'm Drowning In Clutter!

Clutter is not my friend!
Now that I've moved to a small two bedroom duplex I am downsizing in a big way!
The first initial move was in June! 
This room has gone from this
to this.....Looks good right?
What you might not know is that during the initial move I did not get all the stored things from the basement in the other house.
This is just a small portion of what is in there!
Since returning from Paris I am trying to get it all moved here....question? 
Where will it all go??
Decisions have to be made...
What to keep and what to let go of!
Today I found a great blog
Christa has a great series on Getting Rid of the Clutter and How to get Organized!
I'm hoping you will follow along with me as I attempt both!
The first thing I did was to start donating items as I packed.  I've taken car loads and buggy loads to the thrift shops and I'm not done yet.
The first 'cuts' are the easiest, but now I'm getting to the stuff I love or have kept forever. 
This is where Christa's blog comes in...
First you need to recognize the types of clutter you have and then how to deal with them.
Bargain Clutter
Sentimental Clutter
Abundance Clutter
and
Aspirational Clutter

Please join me each Tuesday for the next few weeks as I deal with Clutter and how to get rid of it and how to get Organized.  

I'm joining

Wishing you JOY,

Linda

41 comments:

Kathy Moreland said...

Good luck, Linda! I know this won't be easy!

Katnip Lounge said...

Very interesting, and good luck! We downsized from a 3600 sq ft house PLUS a 40x40 barn into a 1600 sq ft house...it CAN be done.

Kathe said...

I'll be watching and, hopefully, learning along your journey Linda. I know it is not easy to let go of our memories.

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, sentimental clutter. that sounds like me! i'm interested to see how you do it! good luck, too.

Barbara F. said...

It can be done, I did it, but what I still have a huge issue with is....................shopping and visiting thrifts!! Because I did go out and buy a lot of new things, too. Ugh. xo

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You can do it!! This will be fun to follow your journey Linda.

Hartwood Roses said...

I'm with you! In my book, any sort of decluttering is progress. I know you can do it.

Mary Clark said...

I love to get rid of stuff, my family is always worried about where their things might end up. My main criteria is sentimental stuff, and even that is iffy :) Good luck with your cleaning out things, I'll enjoy reading along.

Mary

Vicky Hunt said...

Good for you getting rid of clutter! I need to do this myself and am going to go check out the post that inspired you....:) Thanks for sharing....Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

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

Sounds like a big project that will be a little uncomfortable Linda... I know you'll make the right decisions:@)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I didn't know that "clutter" had so MANY names! Sounds like you are on the right track and will have your new home just the way you want it!
Warmly,
deb

Joyce Olson said...

Oh Linda,
This is tricky stuff! I always get in a predicament of what to keep and what to let go of. I hope you can stay firm with yourself!

I will be thinking of you!
Jemma

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness Linda - I know that is going to be hard. You collected most of it and loved it all. It is hard to downsize. I have done it a few times and what happens here is it just gets filled up again. I don't know what to do either. Sandie

Sarah said...

Linda, good luck with your project. I need to keep moving forward on the same. Took some things a few weeks ago. It's not an easy task for me. '-)

Susan said...

Oh boy, Linda. Could I use you and the other blogger to come up into the attic with me and help me sift through the chaotic mountains of boxes. Whoa doggie. I'd need HELP! Glad you are working on de-cluttering. Maybe you will inspire me. Susan

Vonlipi said...

Hi Linda!

Thanks for the kind comment in my time of grief. I found myself chatting with her (Pinotte) today.

Grief is a slow process. Good luck with the declutter.

Do you still have the Spring Flower Green napkin rings? I would snap them up in a jiffy!

Be well :)

Valerie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad you're sharing your ideas and blogging about your experience. We still have more stuff to bring to our house here in Florida and I've packed it SO full already. I get things that I think are so neat...and valuable! lol I hate to get rid of things but also...I love to thrift shop. I don't spend a lot of money but I end up with a bunch of stuff! Sweet hugs my friend and Sis!

Jill said...

How did we get all this stuff? Good luck!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Will be checking back on your accomplishments, as I need to get busy and get more decluttering done around by abode.
My issue is more laziness and not motivated. :/

Susan said...

I feel your pain, but hoping after a move to our final home, things will get better and more organized. Love you, XOXO

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Good luck Linda! It IS difficult to part with some things!! And all your things are lovely!! Good Luck!

Sherry said...

You've already done so much! Pat yourself on the back. I'm sure it is really hard to part with things you really love. Maybe you could make pictures of them and put them in a photo book before getting rid of them. Best wishes on your decluttering!

Christa @ Controlling Craziness said...

I wish you all the best in your decuttering and organizational journey. So glad I could help you in this and thanks for linking back to my blog. Good luck, I know you can do it.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I will be watching and reading because I am faced with the same situation
I have collected for over 30 years and my house is still packed with treasures my basement is my entire studio and I have it full of things I love
I find the hardest to get rid of is vintage dishes because no one wants a complete set of dishes anymore

keep sharing

Janice

Shelia said...

Good luck with all of this, Linda! I can't imagine since I get so attatched to my stuff! :) But you'll do it and I'll have to go over and check out that blog. Your place is looking wonderful! Just don't do too much.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Diann said...

I think you are doing great Linda1 I need to head over and check out that site you mentioned!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

This is definitely something we can all use Linda. Sentimental clutter is definitely the hardest to get rid of. Good luck :)
xo
Laura

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Linda, I so need to do this. Thanks! xo

Romeo said...

Oh good! When you are through, you'll be a pro! Wanna come over and tackle the mess over here ;)

Purrs to Charlie and you!

Romeo and "her"

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

This is very interesting. I just am finishing up...I hope of decluttering. This is my 2nd go around...since downsizing. Good luck!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I'll be following along for sure, but remember...PYREX is not clutter!!!

Ginger Knox said...

Oh my, I sure need to follow this. I need to learn how to do this big time. I do know a downsizing move is in our future.
Thanks, Ginger

mrs. c said...

Good luck dear friend! I know it is so difficult to get rid of those things that you love! We are sorting our stuff for the booth and if it does not sell, it goes to a wonderful thrift store, New Leash on Life. I am so glad to have found a place to send these items. Let me know how you are doing. Love the IKEA bedroom for TIger, it is one of my favorite stores!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I don't envy this process but it sounds like you've got a good handle on it. Sentimental clutter hurts the most. I seem to have my share of it. I'll check out that blog!

Heather Williams said...

I want like EVERYTHING in that top picture! Lol it's looking great...and just think of how much fun it is to make a new place look like "home". *hugs*

Heather Williams said...

Besides, I don't feel sorry for you since PARIS is part of what has delayed your progress!!! :P

Melanie said...

I've been moving out a lot of clutter from my basement, too. Thanks for the link - I'm going to take a look at it!

Laura Lane said...

I like Liz Curtis Higgs' children's books. Have you read the Pumpkin Patch Parable? We read it every year, even though my kids are now 12 and up!

Harvest Blessings,
Laura
Harvest Lane Cottage

Art and Sand said...

We went through the major purge 16 years ago when we moved to our little cottage. There are things that I am sorry I got rid of, but I can live without them.

Then, we put in attic stairs which allows for the entire floor plan over our heads to be used as storage. I can't believe what we have accumulated. I need to do the major purge - a lot of clothes - when the attic is cool enough to work.

Good luck with the final steps.

Alycia Nichols said...

I'm rootin' for ya, gal!!! It's hard to make decisions sometimes on what to keep and what to let go of, but in the end we always feel so much better to have pared it all down. I recently weeded out my clothes closet, and it was really tough to let go of things in there that I had only worn once or twice. I had to get rid of about 25 pairs of shoes, too, because I can no longer wear heels. THAT was one of the toughest things ever!!! But I did it, so I know you can, too. Hang in there! I look forward to tracking your progress!!!

Annesphamily said...

Amazing Linda! I will check out her blog. Thank you. You are so inspiring!