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Closets make great secret-keepers.

Ours is hiding, among other things, papers in an overflowing file cabinet, too many sweaters, dozens of  hangers from the dry cleaners, and a pile of laundry just daring me to close the door and walk away [which I generally do].

Today I revolted and decided to run headlong into battle: I spent the entire afternoon in our closet sorting, tossing, recycling, unfolding, refolding, categorizing, and stacking. I spent the rest of the day wiping, cleaning, and vacuuming. {SIGH} It took hours to go through a decade’s worth of accumulated stuff—-all in one 5 x 5 foot room!

In addition to this, we’ve begun a separate project of switching a child’s bedroom and swapping oldest furniture with older furniture. Three of our rooms are under construction and it seems as though our house has vomited its contents into every hallway. These projects could be easily completed if I were content to pile and shove things into a new closet, kindly providing new secrets for new nooks and crannies.

But you now what? I’m sick of all the stuff.

I’m feeling weighed down and out-of-balance by it all. I’m realizing, as I sort through the old bedroom, shuffling contents into the new one, that I’m finding kids’ birthday and Christmas gifts barely touched, long neglected, and poorly loved.

Why do I continue this cycle? Witnessing this vast unearthing has made me question our spending and gifting equally. Perhaps this will be the year when I resist the joy of bountiful gift-giving at Christmas in favor of a more restrained, more focused season of giving. It needs to be the year when my husband and I turn our attention back to teaching our children the joy of giving more to those with little, instead of heaping abundance upon abundance.

It’s time to weed out and pare down and lose the pounds of materialism that hamper a peaceful, unencumbered existence.

It’s time.

Do you struggle with any of these issues? How do you process through managing your accumulation of stuff? Do you consider it materialism?