Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday: A Visit to the Library and Decluttering

I had a good day, today.  Got up at 6:00 a.m., had a cup of coffee, got dressed and went to the office.  During my lunch break, I walked to the nearby library to return two books and to borrow two more. 

One is a book about long forgotten scientific discoveries of the ancient world; this promises to be interesting, but I haven't started reading it yet.

The other one is living a minimalist life and decluttering.  I started reading this one, but I was already mentally arguing with the author half way into the Introduction!  So, I don't know how helpful that might be, but I'll read a bit more before I decide whether to continue or not.  I'm trying to motivate myself to do another round of decluttering.

I tend to hold on to various items for sentimental reasons or because I am thrifty (can reuse, recycle, up-cycle, etc.).  As a result, things tend to accumulate.  I've done a fair amount of decluttering over the years (there was a time when I used to declutter 10 items a day), but now it's the hard-to-part-with items that have survived previous declutterings and they are stubbornly insisting on staying!  However, I feel that it is time to do more decluttering.  No doubt I'll be posting more about decluttering in the next few posts.

How was your day, today?  Do you struggle with decluttering too?  Or are you one of those people who have mastered the art of streamlining and keep possessions pared?



  1. One day I went up in my attic and just stood looking at all of the STUFF. I remember coming downstairs and telling my husband that I think I am a mini-hoarder. lol. I remember he responded, "You are not a hoarder, you are a collector." That did kind of soften the blow of the revelation. :)
    I find that when I don't want to part with things it is okay to just leave them alone for the time being. Once in a while I find myself in one of those "I just want to get rid of stuff" moods and that is when it is easier for me to let things go, so I plunge in during those times and get rid of as much as I can. The funny thing though is that it never seems to fail- as soon as I do finally get rid of something, there is usually a need for it a short time later- Ha! :)

    1. Dawn, I like your husband's perspective. It's similar to what one of my friends said to me today - she said I am a collector and sentimental.

  2. De-cluttering is so difficult.. I too, have too much "STUFF"..but, I tell myself, that I can recycle, loose enough weight to wear said item , one day.. But, when I do donate or throw away things.. I end up needing it later.ha.
    I am trying to clean out all closets , and get spring cleaning started early.

    1. One tip I have been given is to put aside those items I find hard to part with, in a box or bag, seal and date it, and store it in the garage, etc. Then, 6 months or 1 year later, if I haven't retrieved anything from it, just donate the box or bag. Maybe that tip might help you, too.


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