Let's be forthright, most Americans have too much stuff. It's not a 1% problem, the 99% have this issue too. The quality of the stuff might differ from class to class but overall, we as a nation, are a people with more stuff than we need most of the time. Before we even come into this world, we are by tradition, "showered" with stuff. When we celebrate that day again in a year; more stuff. When we marry, again we are "showered" with more stuff. By the time a year rolls around, stuff has come and gone out of our lives many times over thanks to holidays, special occasions, and unplanned shopping trips.
I wrote in my last post that I am in the process of trying to control the clutter and I would like to do it with style. I don't want to have a room of cardboard boxes with a collection of items that I won't use or that I am saving til later. I don't want my children to have to come behind me one day and clean up that mess for me. I certainly don't want to burden them with items that they may think are sentimental because I kept them therefore causing them to feel the need to keep them too. A never-ending clutter story.
|Drool Worthy Garage Organization by Flow Wall = Big $$|
The one thing that I have found through this process is that organization, real and functional organization, costs money. Sure, one could collect used cardboard boxes from the liquor store and stack them neatly for the function but if any sort of cohesiveness is to be had, money has to be spent for most people. Even making the boxes look nice and neatly coordinated would take covering them in paint or paper. Shelves would need to be built or bought and even if you salvaged old pallets, the nails, and the rest of the tools and supplies, it is likely at some point you will need to make a trip to Home Depot or Ace to finish the project in a timely manner.
|Favorite Purses on Display|
|Thrift Store Candle Holders for Hooks|
I recently organized my closet using thrift store items and a can of spray paint to tie it all together but it still had purchases that needed to be made if I ever wanted to finish the project. To do it all for free would have taken at least a year of daily wanderings through thrift stores,
Craigslist and Freecycle.
Craigslist and Freecycle.
|Purses on Baby Hangers|
|Shoes Neatly Organized|
I have come to the realization that if I want any of my organized stuff to be neat, coordinated, and functional (so I don't need to run to the store to buy another), I must create a budget for each of the areas and use it for even the smallest amount of stuff. Shelves are my first priority to get the stuff off the floor and I plan to KEEP, DONATE, & TOSS my way to a more organized space. REAL SIMPLE has some great tips to follow for basement organization. I hope that once I start getting rid of unused and unloved items, I won't need as much organizational stuff to hold my stuff.
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