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It all means something

Thanks to all my encouraging and enthusiastic co-Project Emptyers, I was able to push past the disinterest (fear's best disguise) and take another thin slice off the block-o'-clutter this evening.

roseambr's stellar decluttering of The Drawer (you know the one...it has glue, batteries, and twist-ties in it) inspired me to tackle my own Drawer. And yes, glue, batteries and twist-ties--plus safety pins, a strawberry huller, a melon baller, and a set of tiny aspic cutters--were in there too. (I kept the aspic cutters. I actually use them!)

While I was at it, I completely emptied and got rid of a wire rack on my kitchen wall.

(Heh. It almost looks photoshopped, doesn't it? I really need to get on a ladder and finish washing that wall.)

Since the rack, though junky in itself, contained useful things, emptying it involved finding better places for the stuff I wanted to keep. This, in turn, involved clearing three--count 'em, three kitchen cupboard areas.

At first glance, these weren't emotionally difficult areas to clear. All I did was toss out a few of those inexpensive vases that florist bouquets came in for things like sympathy when my cat died...

...and discard that wire rack I bought to maximize space in my little studio apartment over on Hawthorne back when it and I were both cool...

...and dig out the case of my grandmother's silver flatware and clean it up a little...

...and set aside an unused bit of cookware--a gift from an old friend I lost track of after he became very ill with HIV.

Gosh, it's hard to imagine why clearing this innocent cache of kitchen clutter has worn me out so!

Yeah. Everything I own has meaning. Even the damn strawberry huller, which I undoubtedly bought with visions in my head of summer parties that never materialized. If the clutter were meaningless, I wouldn't have collected it.

The secret, it seems, is to decide which meanings I want defining me, and of those, which cannot be represented any other way than through the possession. Everything else is subject to the giveaway bag--now, or in the next pass.

The tally as of tonight: 36 spaces cleared, 44 more to go.


Feb. 20th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
So, ultimately, de-cluttering is a process of self-definition. And defining ourselves by what we don't need to own, rather than by what we feel compelled to go out and buy, seems like an almost revolutionary act.
Feb. 20th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
wow... this, and what llaras quoted... awesomely profound
Feb. 20th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
We are very deep around here!



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