Dealing with Clutter in Small Spaces.

The “Clean but Cluttered” Look

Yesterday I took a look around and I just got tired of all the clutter. When you live in a small space you have to be careful. Things can pile up pretty quick. Most people who live in the city might be able to relate. My place is still twice as big as the micro apartments that you see in New York City, but I still have a hard time keeping it clutter free. When I see couples living in 250 square feet homes, I just don’t understand how they do it. I remember being amazed watching families of 4 and 5 live in a tiny house or bus made into a home. How can they make it work in homes under 350sq feet and I am having a hard time in a larger space? One thing that makes it hard is that my other half and I have hoarder roots. We came from hoarders and have developed hoarderism (yes, I made up a word, lol) overtime. So when you put two hoarders in a small space it can get a little hectic. My problems were clothes, skin care products, movies and notebooks. His problem is trinkets, collectibles and supplements. I’ve been a little better this year. I haven’t bought much clothes this year at all and I found a cute little way to keep my movies contained. I just have to work on getting my skincare products and notebooks under control.

Today I went to the dollar store to get organizing bins to help me organize the cabinets and drawers. There’s a lot of the same items at the dollar tree that I have paid 7 to 17 dollars for on amazon (and that’s per bin or other storage item). I also bought some dress/suit bags and those storage vacuum bags. I started throwing out a lot of things today and organizing my cabinets. I had things that expired years ago. I wish I was more of a minimalist. They say that being in an organized and clutter free space brings such peace, and I believe it. When I first moved in here and barely had anything it was great. I’m not a fan of the “clean but cluttered” look. I want it to look like nobody lives her from the surface, and you wouldn’t know unless you opened a drawer or a closet. I bought a lot of organizing and handy storage items a couple years ago. A lot of them are basically over the door storage tricks, but now they are filling up. I need to just take a breath and let go of a lot of things that I’m holding on to. I always feel like I might wear something eventually and I’m afraid that I will throw something away and wished I kept it down the road. I guess that’s just a chance I’m going to have to take. I will now leave you with these inspiring quotes, just incase you’re in the same situation and need a little motivation.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris

“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor, it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”-Peter Walsh

“Getting organized is a sign of self-respect.” -Gabrielle Berstein

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” -Benjamin Franklin

Happy Hump Day Everyone!


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