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Cleaning the house is a wake-up call

November 3rd, 2008 at 10:30 am

Well, I am "fall" cleaning. It's my new entertainment since I am trying not to spend any money this month. I was so inspired by of all things, an interior design book where a homeowner said to "Buy less, buy better, and buy only what you love."

And surprisingly it's been a wake-up call. I think anyone who wants to go on a spending diet should first be forced to face all the demons lurking in their closets.

I have found so much stuff that I wasted money on, just sitting in my closets. I think I am going to be posting a lot on Craigslist and eBay this week.

Most of it doesn't fit the above criteria. I don't love it, it isn't nice, and it isn't improving my life. I have a collection or two I love: tiki mugs, surprise, and signed pop-art lithographs, which I framed last night. Everything else can go.

For you HGTV fans out there, I will be redecorating my house with things I already own this month, inspired by what I've found in my closets. Everything that isn't used, useful, or loved is leaving the house.

That same homeowner in the book said to consider everything you own, and if one of your friends would be better served by it than you, pass it on. Christmas may come early for my friends!

Sorry for the rambling. I am overwhelmed by closets.

5 Responses to “Cleaning the house is a wake-up call”

  1. lizajane Says:

    When you finish your closets, please, PLEASE, come visit me! Mine scare me, and it's not even stuff I bought and never used. It's stuff that I bought years ago, and think I'll wear/use again some day. I'm afraid nobody on ebay or Craigslist would even want it!

  2. thriftorama Says:

    Sounds like you need to call the thrift store truck to schedule a pick up...

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    Yes, cleaning around here is having the same effect on me. WHY did we buy this???

  4. Koppur Says:

    What was the book you read? I'm always looking for some cleaning/organizing inspiration... Smile

  5. thriftorama Says:

    It was the Apartment Therapy book. Not really about organizing, but some of the people in it live in tiny spaces in expensive cities and don't have a lot of space or money. Those quotes stuck out particularly.

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