ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Be Rid Of The Clutter!

Updated on September 1, 2011

HOARDERS PARADISE!

Dust Collectors Help!

Okay! So you've had it! You are sick of the dust collectors. You decide "tha'ts it!!" I am getting rid of you. So you decide to make a day of it and get rid of all those old nicknacks and keepsakes which are taking over your house.

Is there a problem? YES, there is a BIG problem. You just can't bring yourself to do it even though your family is threatening to put you on that show, Hoarders. Here's what most likely happens. You go to the bookcase first. On the 3rd shelf is the figurine collection your Grandma started for you when you were a little girl. It started out as just this one sparkly crystal kitty cat you just adored and became an annual birthday item you received. You now have not only every kitty cat which ever did gleam but fairies, turtles, little girls holding hands, butterflies, you name it - you have it!! What to do? When did you even start liking turtles you think to yourself? As you reach for the shelf to toss the sparkles away you experience that wave of guilt. That conscience, "what would Grandma think, God rest her soul" or "I wonder if she is watching me." In the end you dust them off and place them back on the shelf.


Vintage Hat Boxes Make Great Organizing Containers

Knick Knack Madness!

Now, let's discuss the refridgerator. I bet it's not just covered in photos but probably every little glued on, taped together, home made, doodled on item your child ever made isn't it? That clothespin magnet with eyeballs which looks like a scary bug they made in kindergarten. That ballerina pin she wore to her first recital. How about those popscicle stick photo frames? And you don't even have room for your grocery list or emergency numbers do you? No, of course not. Forget about opening the fridge without a number of items falling off. But you carefully and reverently magnetise them back on don't you? You repetitiously double the manget up on three different items and pray it is strong enough to keep holding up all those corners. It's the collage of a century. So, you go to take them all down. To see the white of your refridgerator once again with happy, organized visions of neat grocery lists but alas; even this you are unable to do. Those sweet little memories are your daily reminder that you are a mommy or daddy, grandma or grandpa and those children love you. They remind you of time passing and the joys of the moment. So you re-do a few magnets and perhaps add that new one you got at the bank to hold a few more momentos. What can you do really?

My suggestion to you. Find special containers...perhaps cool vintage hat boxes or special antique chests to fill with these things. In finding something special to put them in you are not actually getting "rid" of them but finding a more suitible spot for them to be kept. They are called "keepsakes" not decor after all. It's okay to put them away to take out later and show your grandchildren or pass along to your children. It will be okay if they are not visible to the whole world. I promise you will still be seen as loved even if your little gifts are not exploited all over your walls, shelves and appliances. I also promise Grandma will be looking down proud as you defragment your home and open the place up for new memories. If it's not special and you haven't used it in 10 years, I think it is safe to say you can throw it out, donate it or what have you. I know it's hard to get rid of the jeans you wore in high school or the moth eaten sweaters you think you may wear one winter but just take a deep breath....and let it go!

My final advice; don't buy those things for your grandchildren. Honestly, just try and remember how much you really didn't need sparkly turtles.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)