I am haunted by the tv show "Hoarding, burried alive". When I look around my home these days I wonder if I should sign up for a hoarder intervention. What can I say? I save stuff. This is in my bedroom.
When my daughter moved in here, my stuff got moved from other areas of my house to make room for her and Ladybug's stuff. I put three rooms of stuff into only one room. This area is also in my bedroom. I feel claustrophobic when I go to bed at night.
Only two more weeks and I'll have my house back to myself again and all this stuff will go back where it belongs. Much better organized I hope.
Someone asked me recently..... where do you put it all? Can you be thrifty and neat at the same time? Hmm.... space, just like time and money are precious commodities. It really is hard to be neat when my home is filled with too much stuff in too small a space. Keeping stuff organized is a key to saving time. Saving time is the key to saving money. The trick is to balance everything to get the best quality of life I can.
The next time I feel I really should purge out some of my stuff, I'm going to be sure it goes where it will be used and not just put into a landfill. Donating to a thrift store is not much of an option anymore. Far too many people are donating and most of it is now being sent to the landfill. A few weeks ago I donated some sewing items to a thrift store. I went back a couple of days later looking for something I accidently put into one of the boxes. I figured I would just buy it back. Guess what? Not one single thing I donated was out in the store. It wasn't in the back room either because the employees let me look. I asked why? Where could the box have gone? I was told that 85% of the donations go straight into a dumpster. It doesn't matter if its good stuff either.
Yikes! Evidently everything I donated was thrown away immediately. What's wrong with this picture? What does it say about us as Americans when even the thrift stores are over burdened by too much stuff? We are too much a throw away society. I'm doing all I can to get away from throw away stuff. I look for quality rather than simply a low price. Quality costs more but lasts so much longer.
When I start putting my stuff back in it's own space I hope to get a better idea of where everything is again. It's hard to be frugal when I can't find what I need when I need it.