Anyone who has questioned the buddhist maxim "everything is connected", clearly has never tried to declutter their house. I know a comparison of the photos requires a magnifying glass to see the changes, but most of the things crowding the room are required for regular use, while the wardrobe has been packed (with extraordinary and disheartening efficiency) with all the things we never use.
So over the past fortnight I have been concentrating on moving things out of the wardrobe to a storage locker. There are now 12 things in it, including golf clubs (used once over the past 11 years), a box of video tapes (last watched over 6 years ago), a christmas tree and decorations (at least they get used once a year). This will allow me to create a home for the things we do use in the wardrobe and get them off the floor.
Another tricky aspect about decluttering is that it opens your eyes to how much clutter surrounds you. So I have also been working on other areas of the apartment:
- the two guitars and two violins we own are now safely housed in my parents' back room,
- my Thomas Gannon coffee table is now a giant toy box, while the 3 year old magazines and newspapers that were in its draws are now cleared out,
- a collection of stray homeless items are now in a "find a home" box for dealing with as I progress.