I have a storage problem. It’s not that I have too little storage, I actually have plenty, but it’s totally full of stuff I don’t use. This results in the stuff that I DO use being piled on the floor, on surfaces – everywhere spare that makes it look like I don’t have any storage at all! I hope I’m not alone in this. So, I’m going to take advantage of the fact that I’ll be moving house soon, to an amazing new place that actually has LESS storage, to really strip down and streamline my STUFF.
I bought a book recently, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo, and I LOVE it. It talks a lot about only keeping things that “spark joy” which totally makes sense to me. I haven’t finished it yet, but highly recommend it and hope it will become my bible.
I grew up in a very big and happy suburban house, it even had a “toy cupboard”… not so much a cupboard as a small room that was only used for storing toys. Well, toys, plus old school stuff, musical instruments, etc. Plus a massive double garage that wasn’t used for cars. Plus huge room space for huge actual cupboards to store massive amounts of stuff. Fast forward 20+ years and I’ve lived a variety of tiny city centre flats that cannot hold “stuff”. I have battled with keeping “stuff” ever since leaving home, and my parents still have plenty of my “stuff” in their house. I wouldn’t say I’m a hoarder (though my husband might) but I simply have a habit of keeping old stuff – particularly things with memories. But my own current lifestyle and flat/house size does not allow for such practices… so I’m going to have to rethink a few things. Plus, having children of my own is forcing me to change, as I want to be able to store their stuff, and not have our home a total mess all the time.
So yes – I must STREAMLINE then ORGANISE my stuff. Who’s with me?