To each his own. To me my own.

Declutter thyself 2011

Up until now it’s been my ‘silent’ New Year’s resolution. Back when I moved in mid ’08, I was probably the most de-cluttered I’d ever been in my life. Since then – well, let’s just say I’m no hoarder or anything like you see on television, but things have slowly been building back up. I can’t stand it, and it certainly doesn’t take long for it to happen.

I’ve always heard that if you don’t use something a year after boxing it up, you can toss it (aside from certain memorabilia of course… which, if taken to extremes could still lead to hoarding).


My plan of action is to tackle one area at a time, one thing at a time. Now all I need is some Tacklin’ Fuel to do it with (said using my best New Orleans accent of The Waterboy, Mr. Bobby Boucher). Yes, yes. Tacklin’ Fuel. Now, to find that fuel…


8 responses

  1. duke1959

    It does seem the older we get the more stuff we get. Itv really gets bad as your parents age and they decide to give you all this wonderful stuff. Or in other words they really don’t want to deal with Goodwill do they leave that up to you.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:18 am

    • Bonnie

      Well I wasn’t gonna say it, but since you did (as I breathe a big sigh of relief) a lot of it IS stuff from the past that’s been handed down. Would that we all could have a free room at a local storage place specifically for this. So other than the ‘true’ memorabilia, everything else I’ve got is getting downsized for sure. 🙂

      January 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

  2. duke1959

    When my dad died I could have had all kinds of his stuff. I did bring home things I could use like some of his tools and a couple of pictures but that was it.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:21 am

    • Bonnie

      These such things that are useful always seem the most memorable to me.

      January 17, 2011 at 8:38 am

  3. I’m not a saver by nature, so I’m not in danger of becoming a hoarder. Sometimes I throw out things and wish I hadn’t. Too often I do that.

    When we moved from Florida to Texas, we had to get rid of everything that didn’t fit into our van. That was radical reduction! I wouldn’t ever want to do that again. Blessings to you as you find the fuel to reduce…

    January 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    • Bonnie

      I was very organized when I moved, but somehow I’ve let stuff ‘pile up again’. I use my excuse of three flights of stairs way too often – if I ever move this stuff will have to go then, anyway. Less is always better, it just doesn’t take long to get to the ‘more’ point! Ha! Blessings to you, dear Carol Ann.

      January 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  4. My mom and I have decided to declutter our house a bit this year, too! We plan to get rid of one item a week. I’m excited, I’ve always enjoyed organizing.
    As far as Tacklin’ Fuel goes, my best advice is to turn on some good music. It’s a proven fact that the Whistle While You Work Method increases productivity. 😉

    January 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

  5. Bonnie

    You’re exactly right – music definitely goes along with the territory! And one item a week is great… I might adapt that into my own plan. Thanks for stopping by and the great advice! 🙂

    January 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

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