Category Archives: Decluttering

Adventures in cluttering, hoarding, & the treatment thereof

Adventures in decluttering: Keeping projects simple

As a creative person and someone whose entire nuclear family lies somewhere on the functional end of the clutterer-hoarder scale, I collect projects all too easily. Those of us in this category eventually realize that there are a couple of … Continue reading

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Sister Domestica doesn’t live here any more, Part 1

Given that I was a grad student half the time I lived in Boulder, Colorado a couple of decades ago, it seems odd that I spent nearly as much time there chatting about housework as I did discussing my writing … Continue reading

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On the yard sale trail: a vulture, a penguin

Many garage sales are the result of happy, or at least energetic, changes:  someone in the household got a wonderful new job in another town or state; someone’s retiring and selling old things they don’t use any more; a couple’s … Continue reading

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Not a Depression baby (yet)

At least twice in the past 15 years, I’ve been accused of being a child of the Depression era because I was saving things.  Interestingly, the speakers weren’t commenting directly on my cluttering/ hoarding tendencies, and in both cases the … Continue reading

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Adventures in decluttering: Letting go of the vinyl

Many of us hang onto our stuff long after we’ve stopped using it because it has strong memories associated with it.  Here’s a pile of record albums I took to the CD/ music shop this week because I haven’t listened … Continue reading

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Adventures in decluttering: The 6 1/2-year-old box

I finally did done of those exercises that many home organizing experts recommend:  taking those boxes of stuff you haven’t opened in years, and getting rid of the whole schmear.  If you’re a stickler for rules, you might say I … Continue reading

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Adventures in decluttering: my brother’s sculpture

The feng shui experts say it’s bad luck to keep broken things.  But the ones with sentimental value seem to hang around, waiting for me to glue them back together or let the fragments go into the trash. The latest … Continue reading

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Adventures in decluttering: the poetry books

Yesterday I finally began the project of getting rid of many of my poetry books.  Perhaps I’ve procrastinated for months because I knew how painful it would be to say goodbye to them.  As with so many of these decluttering … Continue reading

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Adventures in decluttering: the sweater

Monday:  another walk to the thrift shop with a bag of donations.  Leftover Christmas trinkets from the relatives, some cute Xmas cards I purchased at a tag sale a decade ago and have finally realized I’ll never use, a gorgeous … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving solo

Written Nov. 25, 2010 Last week a friend invited me to the small Thanksgiving dinner she was cooking and hosting for several friends.  I thanked her and said I’d try to be there, but as soon as I hung up … Continue reading

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