It’s human nature to take the easy route and leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter. Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, and the room once again overflows with things.
When you rescue stuff from landfill, to showcase to the world what is thrown out, you eventually start to accumulate stuff. Do not get RUDE wrong, most of the things we save are useful and practical. and we get joy from them. Many are reused as resources for our knowledge and skills accumulation. Nearly all of our treasured finds are shared in a story with our followers.
However, the time has come in the RUDE household to de-stash. We have been ruthless before. RUDE Girl moved every couple of years for two decades. I am a very good de-stasher when I have to be. However for a decade RUDE have been in the one place. There has been no need to drastically de-stash.
I recently visited a friend who is reading Marie Kondo’s book on the Japanese art of de-cluttering. She inspired me to get home and start de-cluttering. Are we following Ms Kondo’s de-cluttering method? Not really.
Why the big cull? Firstly, RUDE will be retiring to the coast, and moving out of our current home. Call us lazy, but we prefer to avoid unnecessary packing when the time comes. Secondly, we were both feeling like we needed to clear our heads and spaces. This will allow new ideas to flow into our lives. Too much stuff crowds not only space but the mind too.
With clearing out, also comes loads of work. We are scrubbing, washing, sorting and tidying as we go. But if feels like a good cleanse of the house and soul.
Where is all our stuff going? As much as we would have liked to invite friends and family to pick through things, this is not an option. We do not have a storage space to showcase what is for the taking. There is no room, that’s why we have to say good-bye to it pronto. We thought of putting it out on the verge but our local Council would probably fine us for our goodwill recycling gesture.
The majority of our de-stashed stuff is going to local smaller charities. A few things we have placed aside for family but it’s not much. Selling our stuff was not an option either, as it tends to linger around and cause more work!
We do not feel guilty, as most of the stuff was free or bought for very little outlay. We feel quite pleased that most of it was rescued and cared for/repaired/maintained by us. Hopefully it will now be sold to make some money for our local charities.
Beat The Man by not buying more storage options for your stuff!
Photos below: After shots of the kitchen cupboards. The contents of these cupboards have been de-stashed by more than a half.
Photos below: After shots of our wardrobes. The contents of our wardrobes have been de-stashed by more than a half.
And if all RUDE’S de-cluttering is too minimalist for you. Check out this guy in Darwin, Australia who loves to collect kitsch stuff.