This is my annual performance review of how well I have been doing with shedding the accumulation of ages.
It has been a year and 63 blogs since I started my decluttering, almost to the day. So what progress have I made? And how do I feel ? Have I freed myself of the cobwebs of yesteryear ? Have I found a brave clutter-free new world ?
The answer feels like 50/50. Or maybe 60/40 in favour of the clutter.
I have discovered that nobody much wants my clutter. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, although most of it was very useful to me when I first had it. In today’s throw away society holding onto things is hoarding. Yesterday it was thrifty.
The forest of paper and envelopes that I had in abundance have long since been made obsolete by email.
My beloved ties which I only half disposed of have all but been rendered useless by the fashion for open neck shirts.
My garden sheds are a success story, they are all tidier and better organised and I can’t even remember the stuff I have thrown away. I have even been inspired to have some new doors made for them next year. Of course I will have to have another clear out before then, because they are already starting to fill up again. I didn’t throw away enough stuff first time around. Too many pots, too many garden cushions and too many half-used but now years old weed killers and fertilisers probably past their fertilisation date.
So why do I say only 60/40 success? Well I don’t feel unburdened. Apart from my sock drawer that is. Socks are simpler now even though I still have several colours and lots of black pairs and another drawer of thick walking socks. I must do a lot more walking!
Perhaps that’s the secret. One drawer or box or shed for each item. Only problem is that I will need a lot more drawers, boxes and sheds if I go down that road.
Better to adopt a different more adventurous philosophy in later life :-