It’s no secret that I hate clutter, and I’m definitely not a fan of having more stuff than necessary in our homes. Having too much “stuff” can really bog us down. It makes it hard to even enjoy the things we do have.
While I can definitely jump on the decluttering bandwagon with the best of them, I also don’t think the goal should be simply to survive on as little stuff as possible. We can hang onto the things that we truly enjoy and that help our lives run more smoothly.
Organizational experts often caution against keeping items that you won’t use for very long. While I generally agree, I do think there are some exceptions. If there’s something that you won’t use for long, but you will use it often and get immense value from it, then I say go for it!
For example, you might be surprised that I’m not too much of a minimalist when it comes to baby gear. I love time-saving devices and gadgets for babies. Our bouncy seat is big and bulky, and it was completely useless by the time my babies were 6 months old. However, it made a HUGE difference in my quality of life for those few months. It gave me the luxury of taking a shower while my baby happily and safely sat in the bouncy seat.
In general, it’s good to have multi-purpose items. If one tool can do multiple tasks, it’s better than having three separate tools that can only do one task. When you apply this principle all over your home, it greatly reduces clutter. However, you guessed it – there is an exception to this rule. For example, you may only use your pressure canner for canning applesauce for a couple weeks in the fall when apples are in season. However, if you can 60 pints of applesauce, you are still getting a lot of value from the canner. Plus, you would probably enjoy the applesauce all year!
In short, don’t feel guilty about the “clutter” if it’s truly enriching your life, and only you can determine if something is “clutter” for you or if it’s a valuable item.
So, what about you? What do you think? What types of things aren’t really clutter for you?
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