I get tired of having too much stuff around the house. I am constantly annoyed with losing something I know I saw yesterday but I can't find today. It's not that I dislike cleaning, it's that I don't like cleaning around stuff.
If you're like me, or if you do not like to clean, sort or fool with stuff, have less of it.
Here's how I get rid of clutter in my house.
I engage in what I call Drawer and Shelf Attacks. I can go along for a few days or weeks and be comfortable with the level of possessions in a particular room or area of my home. Then it hits me. I need to clean it up and sweep the counter, shelf or drawer of extra stuff. The first step is to dump the easy stuff. In my first run through of an area, I grab the obvious clutter which in my house is usually papers-newspapers, receipts, mail. I try to keep up with it on a daily basis but when I get lazy it's amazing how quickly the mess will spread.
Secondly, I open a drawer or cupboard and take a critical look at the contents. Do I care? Do I love it? Is it useful to my life right now? If I love it and it's useful, I find a home for it. If I'm not sure, I set it aside for a later decision. For example, if I haven't worn that shirt in a year, I'm probably not ever going to wear it. Even if I think I love it. I put the hanger around backward and watch to see if in the next month or so I pull it out and put it on. If not, then I know I'm ready to let it go. If I don't love it or use/wear it, out it goes into the bag I reserve for discarded items that will make its way to the car and then the thrift store donation site.
A third way I attack the shelves and drawers is by applying the Equilibrium Rule: get a new item; get rid of one.
I realized this weekend that I have been picking away at the little things which have been piling up on the shelf between our kitchen and family room. Obviously, it was beginning to annoy me. I feel an attack coming on. Tomorrow, I'll be doing another Drawer and Shelf Attack.