I am the queen of clutter working toward being a minimalist. Ever so often I notice that "stuff" has piled up everywhere again. Back in 2000 we had a fire which pretty much wiped us out. Our insurance let us replace the necessities but we didn't replace "stuff" so the house was almost minimalist. It only took a couple of months for things to be cluttered again.
Periodically I clean everything out. I did that last spring and had a garage sale. It's time to do that again! It's mysterious. I seem to have twice as many books as I did a few months ago. Some of that is due to Amazon sending me emails about books I might like for ridiculously small prices, the friend who donated to the garage sale - several boxes of books, many of which I couldn't wait to read. Okay, it's not mysterious.
The shelves in my room and in my bathroom have a whole bunch of stuff. My desk is covered with this and that. I have little and big piles of things on the floor of my office. I am a very lucky woman because I know what to do. Every day I will pick out a section of one of my rooms and sort the "stuff" into three piles: 1) throw away 2) put away 3) sell or give away. Little by little I will be back to minimalist again.
The thing is, I want to stay that way. So now I get to figure out how to do that. I think the answer is going to be to sort everything that comes into my house into those three piles on a daily basis,
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