Just call me Lady Declutter. About two years ago I became obsessed with decluttering. I was never a pack rat or hoarder. Moderate amounts of clutter just seemed to collect over time. I've always kept my house looking nice so it didn't look like I was accumulating a lot but over time it builds up.
Now that we've chosen to be apartment dwellers at this stage in our life I'm learning how important it is to stay on top of what comes in and to make sure stuff also goes out.
Today I made a run to the trash area of this complex to set out some patio stuff other apartment dwellers might like, another form of recycling. Keeping the patio swept is a losing battle. Don't know why it takes me so long to figure some things out but yesterday the light dawned, a solution. I can't tell you how many legs you have to try to work a broom around between the lawn furniture, grill, and plant stands.
I hopped on my friend Amazon and ordered a very cheap light weight leaf blower. Figure it will only take a short zip with that to keep things looking nice out there. I could wait until Thursdays when the landscape people are here and get the official leave blower to do the job for me but not sure I can stand the noise. His sounds like a airplane taking off. Too much noise.
Opened the closet on the patio and discovered Bob has stuffed it with bags of cans. Lady Declutter can not have that. He's been fascinated with the recycling room at the new Walmart and is dying to try out the can crusher. I've never found can crushing to be even remotely exciting but looks like next week that will be one of our 'together' tasks, crushing cans. Oh well, keeps him entertained.
As soon as I get those bags of cans out of there Lady Declutter is going to get serious about the rest of the useless stuff hiding there. I can be ruthless.
While at the trash a little bit ago I saw a lamp. Now I see a young man walking by our apartment with that lamp. One man's trash is another man's treasure they say.
Inside I've started a Goodwill box. Will work on that until early in the week and make a Goodwill run.
I experience great freedom living without clutter.