"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Clearing Out the Junk in Life

Oh wait, this post is really about clearing out the junk in my house. But something quite freeing happens inside myself when I  begin to see open spaces in my home where clutter once was. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a clutter-type person. You won't see piles of miscellaneous stuff stacked up on surfaces or in corners in any room except for closets. I like to keep stuff cleared away.

But even so, it's been awhile since I took a good long look at what we own and provide space for. After awhile, you don't even see the stains and rips on the beloved chair, you only see the chair you and your daughter like to sit on squeezed in together. My son, home on Spring break, took one look at said piece of furniture: "Mom, this is looking really bad. Why do we still have this broken down chair? Want me to take it out for you?"

So far the chair has disappeared, a huge dresser I've had since 1972 (which was used when I got it), old toys from when my kids were little, zillions of books nobody wants anymore, clothes that have seen better days. It's all hauled off to the Deseret Industries. They take everything, how wonderful. Some of it they sell locally in their stores, some of it gets tossed right into the dumpster, a lot of it is shipped overseas to third world countries.

I'm on a roll. It feels great to get rid of all this stuff I won't miss. Every day I look around and think, "What can I get rid of today?" It's awesome. Today I'll be sorting through my own clothes, getting rid of anything that no longer makes me feel attractive. That will be my criteria-- does this make me feel attractive? yes or no. I'm pretty sure I'll get rid of more than I keep. And then it will be time to go shopping. Ha!


  1. I've cleaned out many, many times, esp. since I've moved and moved--too much. But recently cleaning out makes me feel great. And I don't intend to go shopping. Hate shopping. If you do, have fun after all your work!!!

  2. I'm well overdue for a declutter. I agree it's a wonderful feeling when its gone. I wish the Man would declutter the garage, then perhaps I could park the car in there!!!

  3. Niki, Yes, the garage...well that's another story entirely. His domain and he's a clutter freak, you'd think he had been raised during the Depression the way he hangs onto things.

    Ann, I like nice clothes and shopping is the only way I know to get them :)

  4. We have moved every 2 years, so decluttering was super easy. We haven't moved in five years. But, in a few months we will be moving again. Somewhere in the same city this time, but I'm itching to start decluttering. Downsizing and simplifying life is my goal in this move.

  5. Hi Karen .. I'm still decluttering from my move last year .. and now I have some of my mother's stuff here - that I need to make decisions on - not a lot fortunately .. but completely sort my life out - minimise!

    Good luck with the decluttering of life and then the mind too .. seem to go hand in hand. All the best - Hilary

  6. Yay!!!!! Enjoy your shopping!! Sometimes it's great to discard what's past and look forward to what's new on offer!! Take care

  7. I'm on a de-cluttering binge. Unfortunately the kids still have all their stuff here.


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