As I posted earlier this week, I am on vacation. Instead of taking a trip somewhere, I decided to save money and use the time to relax and finally start clearing out the rest of the clutter; a process I had started way back in March.
During the process of clearing out the things we didn’t need or want, the things we were keeping had to go somewhere. The first area was the hallway that I had cleared out first.
Since the hallway had a table and was a clear area, it was perfect to put stuff on until I could find a permanent home for it (or get rid of more things). But, I got lazy and let things sit there. Then I piled more things on the table.
“Is this how people start hoarding?” I wondered.
All of the items on that table did not belong there. In fact, I don’t even want the table there, but we’re trying to make a decision about that. The hallway is an odd space; it’s not really big enough to use for anything and it looks strange when it’s empty.
But I’ll take empty over clutter any day. Here’s a picture of it after I went through all the miscellaneous items living on and under that table.
It may not seem like much, but having that space clear makes me very happy. When I walk past it, I always look at and remember just how bad it was (twice, even!). This is huge mental victory! It no longer causes me stress, and that’s something no amount of organizing and storage containers can buy: the stuff is gone.