Saturday, November 22, 2014

Messy Rooms

I don't make a habit of taking photos of messes in my house.  Just ran across these pictures, and apparently I do (make a habit of taking photos of messes).  With only 3 of us living here now, the house doesn't get messy anymore.  Or, what passes for a mess now takes a minute to clean up, then we're done.

The people who owned these rooms back in the day shall remain nameless.  One day I emptied this dresser, removed it from the room, and gave this person under-the-bed baskets to put their clothes into.  Obviously drawers were too high a level for she/he.  Later I ripped out the carpet on an impulse one day.  It was so disgusting that mealy moths were making a living and raising posterity in it.

Same room after dresser removed.

2 different rooms, above and below.  Stuff really weighs a person down.  It takes space, it requires care, it clutters the brain.  Less is definitely more.   How many clothes can we wear at a time?   How many knick-knacks are too many?  Stuffed animals?  Back in the day one sufficed.  Some years ago I was assisting a poor family who lived in an apartment without a washer/dryer.  The woman was convinced that each of her family members needed 7 more pairs of jeans each, 7 more shirts, 7 more of every clothing item, in addition to what they already had, so that she didn't have to go to the laundromat so often.  I pointed out to her that in their tiny apartment, they would be tripping over clothing all the day long, and that when she did do laundry it would cost a fortune, and take days to get through it, blah blah blah.  I knew what I said was the truth.  She acted like I was trying to sabotage her life or something.  She didn't get the extra clothing.  I sort of saved her from having to spend her life managing stuff.

It feels really good to have a stripped down house.  I could be more ruthless though and dispose of more material goods.   Last year I decided we should get rid of 10% of what we owned, and we did about that much.  It made a liberating difference.


  1. We moved towards the end of September, and I was amazed at how much stuff we had even though I don't consider myself one to collect tons of stuff. I've never been one to spend money just because I had it. I enjoyed the post. What a great reminder right before Christmas when we tend to get even more.

    1. I did not know you had moved Susanne. Different town or just different house / apartment?

      The past few years we've been good about not giving "stuff" for Christmas. Or a better way to put it, we haven't bought something just to have something to give. We've given photo books, where we select family photos and have hardback books printed up. We've tapered back in other ways. It's a challenge to think up non-clutter ideas like that. Giving experiences is a good solution too.

    2. Great ideas! I love photo books. My sister always makes me a photo calendar which I enjoy. And experiences are wonderful! I often buy my younger nephew a membership to the local children's museum for his birthday. He does get his share of toys, too, though. :)

      We just moved to another house in the same area. Nothing exciting, unfortunately. I'm actually beside my inlaws now!