Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Clearing the Decks


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Over a neighbor’s beer on Saturday I learned yet another reason to keep clutter at bay. She had refinanced her house to fund a project, realized that an appraiser would be coming through, and finally had to look in the eye a thirty-year pile of wood salvaged for carpentry projects.

Housekeeping guru Don Aslett literally wrote the book about hoarding back in the Eighties, Clutter’s Last Stand. I’ve been experimenting with his advice ever since. I may have made some mistakes, but I don’t recall specific ones. What I do recall is the unending relief of being able to look around the household and see nothing clamoring for my attention.

I keep things that are difficult, impossible, or expensive to replace, but what I value most is “potential space”, not dedicated to any specific function, but prepared and waiting to be used as the moment dictates.

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