Before my Husband & I started de-cluttering we never would have guessed how enlightening talking about clutter could be.
The conversations have continued with the same regularity & passion since we first started de-cluttering. In fact, I hope we don’t stop talking about clutter in the short term.
We’ve learnt a lot about our spending habits through the process of getting rid of our junk!
- weaknesses that easily end up as impulse buys
- the impacts of changing fashions & trends
- innovation & the speed at which technology can date
- buying things because you think you’ll need them but don’t have an immediate need for
A lot of emotions came up, in particular: blame, embarrassment & regret.
On the positive side: we did also share a lot of laughter.
Hubby stated that he was mortified about how much obsolete technology he had been storing. He did say that because he has OCD it was packed away neatly so it wasn’t in our way.
We can laugh about it, but all that stuff was expensive when it was purchased & isn’t really worth much now. Another reason to buy technology sparingly & not to be early adopters.
Once you start this process & begin to enjoy the effects, you just can’t un-see the extraneous.
Clutter conversation 1
Hubby: wow, listen to this…
The sound of a video cassette being ejected & then rewound!
Me: what is that? Oh hang on…that’s a VCR rewinding a tape. We haven’t used videos for ages. Come to think of it we haven’t even used the PVR since we got Netflix!
Clutter conversation 2
Hubby: I’d forgotten about this!
Me: what is it?
Hubby: an MP3 player
Me: cool, my car plays mp3’s, how big is it?
Hubby: it’s only 256mb
Me: that’s tiny! Just one episode of one of my favourite music podcasts is over a 100mb!
Hubby: right, so it’s out then!
Clutter conversation 3
Hubby: Hey, we’ve got all our old iPhones, bar one…
Me: we’ve got a couple of dead Nokia’s too
Hubby: wow, we’ve really been holding on to a lot of obsolete tech!
Me: cool, let’s lay them out in a mandala & take a photo!
Hubby: you have to be creative about everything don’t you?
Clutter conversation 4
Hubby: oh man, I loved this thing! It was state of the art in the 90’s & cost a bomb. Like $400 or thereabouts.
Me: ha, ha, your beloved Sharp personal organiser. What is the memory on that?
Hubby: a huge 64kb memory!
Me: how many iPhone’s is that?
Hubby: hang on & I’ll work it out…
Me: it’ll be a thousand times smaller or something ridiculous like that!
Hubby: well, my iPhone is 64GB, so that is equivalent to 67, 108, 900 KB…so it would more likely be about a hundred thousand times!
Clutter conversation 5
Me: did you realise there are 3 vases in this cupboard?
Hubby: not really something I’d be looking for…I think I’ve only bought you flowers a couple of times
Me: true, but you do a lot of cooking & cleaning which is a gift in itself. I don’t suppose I really need flowers
Hubby: well, that’s at least 2 vases getting donated then!
Are you having conversations about clutter?
If not, perhaps you could start.
If you have, what have you learnt from them?
I know for me, the hardest things to let go of are sentimental items.
For my Husband, it’s the things that could be useful ‘one day’.
I’m sentimental. He is practical.
So, those are the areas we need to look harder at.
What does your clutter say about you?
From my heart to yours,