Decluttering: The Attic


It seems that you can’t turn around these days without hearing the word decluttering. Why is the topic of decluttering so prevalent? Why does it feel so necessary? I think the original need for things probably goes back to our early days evolutionarily, where the ones who had more… food, shelter, wood for fires, etc… probably survived, while those who didn’t, did not.

We may not still need “all the stuff”, but we still have the drive to collect it… some of us more than others. What’s that old saying… one person saves everything, one person saves nothing, and then they marry each other. That is certainly true for John and me. Savers raise your hands. πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚ Yeah… that would be me.

In recent years, I have made a concerted effort *not* to save every last thing, and to rid myself of those things that I truly do not need… two dozen extra hangers anyone? What was I thinking? πŸ˜† In our day-to-day life, in our living space, I think I have done an admirable job of sticking to the goal to minimize and not add more of what could qualify as clutter.

What About the Attic?

I wish you hadn’t asked about that! As I have mentioned before, for the first time in our lives we had a personal storage unit, as well as other large items being stored by a past moving company. It was a lot! We finally did find a home for all the furniture… but what about *the rest* of it??? Oh… you mean that stuff in the attic, aka the clutter… yeah, that stuff.

Well… that stuff not so much. And why is that decluttering that space so difficult? Because in those bins of stuff in the attic resides my whole life. No, not my every day life, but all the things that made up my life until now… school papers, artwork, trip souvenirs, stuffed animals… you name it! I always head up there with good intentions, but something happens that I can’t quite explain.

What Happens?

I open the first bin. It’s full of purses. Do I have room for them in my closet? No I do not. Does that encourage me to find a new home for them? No it does not. Moving on. The next bin is full of handmade/handstitched quilts. Do I use them on our beds? No I do not. Does that encourage me to give them away? No it does not. And finally, I open one of the bins full of my childhood memorabilia. Oh look at that cute wallet I had as a kid, I remember getting that, it has some commemorative coins it in. Oooo, my old jewelry box, look! Here’s my charm bracelet and other treasures to be explored. Awww, my collection of horses gathered back when we had ponies and did a lot of riding. Oh man! I’m too deep into the nostalgia of it all to do any serious purging/decluttering… anyway, you can see my dilemma. It’s your basic nightmare.

Okay, Now What Happens?

The answer is nothing… absolutely nothing! 😩 I am stuck once more. I slink back downstairs and promise myself that I’ll tackle it another day. Does that day ever come? Will John fulfill his promise to *help me* by simply emptying the entire attic while I’m not looking? Will my kids get to sort through it all one day? The answer remains to be seen. I think that my last time up there I purged maybe five items. 😜 I’ve gotta believe that the day will come when I have to strength and the motivation to get the job done, at any cost, but it is not *this* day. πŸ˜…

Decluttering- The Attic

Does this remind anyone of the final scene from Raiders of the Last Ark??? Ha! Pray for me. 😏


2 thoughts on “Decluttering: The Attic”

  1. I was ruthless about purging extra stuff while preparing for a move several years ago. I sold or gave away an enormous volume of stuff. It helped a lot to have a thriving Buy Nothing group for things like a half can of black matte paint, two 30 year old wind chimes, and a pair of bifold doors. FB marketplace helped with things like my scuba equipment, furniture, and gardening equipment. But the real blessing was being able to give my β€˜good’ stuff to an organization that helps local families in need. It is much less difficult to let go of special items when you know they will be appreciated by someone.

    1. Thanks, Connie! Wise words indeed! Working to clear everything out in advance definitely would have been the way to go! Unfortunately, we reached a point where we had to just pack up the rest and go! I would love to find a local group who could put some of these things to good use. Thanks for sharing your experiences. πŸ’œ

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