Here is a little apocryphal story about clutter, which explains why some odd things are found around the house. Today I found 4 bottles of Tippex in a rarely opened drawer. I have never used Tippex in my entire life, so where did it come from? This is how in de-cluttering I have had to hone my investigative skills. I am becoming a clutter detective 😀
My wife, Mo started out life being trained as a secretary and developed excellent high speed touch-typing skills. However, even so, I imagine that maybe once a year she might have made a typing error, so I guess that makes her the prime suspect! As that was over 50 years ago that could explain the accumulation of four bottles of Tippex.
Since she doesn’t use a typewriter any more – who does? – I can’t see why I shouldn’t throw away the Tippex. However, knowing how attached she is to old things, I decided to check with her first. That’s how the interrogation started, but as she later went on to be a magistrate, she is more than capable of dealing with a police investigation :-
” Before you say anything, I must caution you that this conversation is being recorded in cyberspace and may be used against you in a charge of Cluttering. Do you admit to owning these 4 bottles of Tippex ?”
” Yes. I need to keep them.”
“But why, you don’t have a typewriter anymore, except for the ones you have hidden under the desk in the study?”
“No but I may still need them one day, if computers don’t work anymore and any way I use the Tippex for touching up the white melamine shelf in the bathroom.”
Case dismissed !
That’s where some clutter comes from.
How many more things are there from our past that are now obsolete, that we continue to cling onto ?
There must be a better idea for dealing with this clutter. Any inspiring ideas ?