To Keep Or Not To Keep

February 3, 2011

I unexpectedly ended up cleaning up my craft closet a bit yesterday afternoon.  I’m trying to make room for some sewing machine accessories which led to pulling down containers, exploring the contents, putting them aside, pulling down more containers… You can see where this is going.  Ugh.  So much crap.  But I might use it again…someday.

craft closet

I am torn.  I’ve been inspired by Gran who recently emailed me that she’s trying to get rid of something every day, and is trying to be very honest about whether the item is really going to get used. Keri made me think about how we use 20% of our stuff 80% of the time.  I have some things in my closet that I have not touched in years.  I think I just need to bite the bullet and let them go.  I need to make space for the things I do and will use.  So I should throw out the craft paint that I bought 7 years ago and only used once, right?  I’m usually able to make these tough decisions. For some reason, it is easier for me to do with clothes than craft supplies.  Sigh…  Even Bill has made some tough decision with electronics recently.


I took a break for a couple of hours and came back with a fresh perspective.  I emptied out a bunch of things and ended up with two shopping bags worth of stuff to purge.  The closet doesn’t really look all that different, but it is.  I’ve put new stuff in to replace the stuff that I took out, but I guess that’s the point, isn’t it.  To create more space?

closet, post purge

I put together a list of the stuff and Bill’s going to put it up for sale at work.  Whatever doesn’t get sold will get donated. Bottom line, I’ve got less stuff to deal with.


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One Response to “To Keep Or Not To Keep”

  1. February 7th, 2011 | 6:56 am

    Great job getting rid of stuff! :)

    I’ve gone through a variety of decluttering techniques over the years – I do like the flylady system, don’t know if you’ve tried that. I’m going to issue a simple living monthly challenge on my blog, hope you’ll join in :)

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