Why can't I get out of this mess?


The beauty lover saves everything that might someday become a craft project. The pretty rocks and pieces of yarn tend to pile up, changing from wonderful materials to ugly clutter like magic. I'll never understand how that works, but believe me-it happens. The concept that "less is more" seems to apply to beautiful objects. Take out one of your home decorating books or magazines and check this out. The objects that are used as decoration may be elaborate or simple, but count them. Now count yours. See?

The beauty lover must keep all of the craft supplies organized and put away. Consider some of the fancy tackle boxes on the market (lots of small spaces) or the "ROLY" we've all seen on TV. For larger supplies, there are the small plastic stacking drawers. Sort your supplies and get rid of the clutter. Give any excess supplies to a senior center or school. Buy only what you need to neatly store the things you really plan to use.

If you clean and declutter to make your home beautiful, you need to get rid of the ugly stuff that makes you depressed. It may be the only sofa you could afford or it might be a family heirloom table, but if it's making you miserable, do something about it! Get a sofa cover that you really like, put a floor-length cloth on the table, or find someone else to give them a home and live without until you can replace them with something you like. Ugly is really draining on some people and it's impossible to get motivated to clean a place if you know it won't look good anyway. Do something about it!


The possession obsession is that fear that the next "Great Depression" is just around the corner and that if we can hang onto everything we have, we'll make it. The fact that we can't find our keys or the can opener doesn't bother us. We know they are there somewhere. Get your stuff into homes where it will be used. Share it with friends or trade it for something you can really use. A yard sale converts your things to cash. You can store the cash or buy something with it that you can use right away. There are second-hand stores and consignment shops that will sell your things for you for part of the profits. There are antique shops that will give you a fair price on any antiques you don't use or love. If you must have things instead of cash, choose things that serve multiple purposes and get rid of the items they replace. Trim back to one of each item unless you actually use more than one at a time.

Do not keep anything that you can't find and use whenever you want. If things are stored in stacks of unlabeled boxes, now is the time to get those sorted. Sort items that are used together into boxes together. Label your boxes, make a list of the boxes and their locations and keep it in a safe place.

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