Detour Alert ~ C & C

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A previous post mentioned my Englebreit 'Snap Out Of It’ Collection. I said most of those things were gone but that comment started me thinking as to where they all went. Since I never throw things out, they’re still here- somewhere in all the Clutter & Crap. The mug is in a hard-to-reach short cabinet above the fridge- with all the other crap mugs I’ve collected over the years. I haven't opened that cabinet in well over a year. The doll is probably crammed onto a top shelf in a closet somewhere. The journals- used and unused- are in a closet drawer with a half dozen other untouched journals I might need some day. The old calendars- marked with dates/memories are in a another drawer. Why? Because I might need them some day. What in the name of Hoarders Anonymous am I thinking?

I decided to take some Clutter & Crap photos so I grabbed the camera –(from the insulated Seattle Caviar carrying case which I’ve had since 1996- I knew I’d need it some day.) and started aiming around my container laden office and- I swear this is true- and I am far more astonished than you are- as I focused on the two huge baskets on top of my bookcase- there she was- the 'Snap Out Of It' doll - sitting on top of a bookcase not six feet from me.

I swear to you I had no idea it was there. I spend 8-10 hours in this room every day and I had no idea it was there. That scared me and started me thinking about releasing myself from the burden of all this stuff...stuff I don't love.... stuff I don't need... stuff I forgot I have.


There's undoubtedly more surprising finds in store for me. I am a container freak. Visible Clutter & Crap makes me crazy so my C & C is housed in tins, boxes, baskets, totes, bins & drawers and it looks al-l-l-l-l organized but- it’s still C & C. I have stuff to put my stuff in. 


I stuff my stuff inside other stuff.

and  into overstuffed drawers.

and then I stuff the overstuffed containers into overstuffed closets.

It's amazing how much stuff one can stuff over the years. No-- what's really amazing is the sheer number of containers just in these pictures. Just in one part of one room.

What's IN the drawers and bins and baskets and boxes and tins and totes???  That's a whole other blog.






Yes, I am purging but I think I will keep the doll...maybe move her over here to my desk to remind me to pay attention...and remember.















to be continued.....




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20 Comments:

Kathleen Faulkner said...

This is a good time to purge. I'm doing the same thing. It feels so good to get rid of stuff. Carry on, my dear!

Kat said...

my ebay id used to be "stuffed-with-stuff". Channeling George Carlin still.

you go girl. Them come to my house and do the same for me?? LOL

Packrat said...

Wishing you luck and courage.

adozeneggs said...

OhmiGod!
You can have a major yard sale.
This is why I am constantly purging. Although I am impressed that your stuff seems organized.
My MIL is a horrible hoarder and I stopped going to her house several years ago. It stressed me out so bad whenever I was there. She has so much stuff that there are no empty chairs, no space on the kitchen counters, table, a path through the kitchen. And so much stuff that it made it impossible to clean. Oh is her house filthy.
Seems like your not too far gone and you can come out of it!!!
Ugh, even her fridge and freezer to filled to the gills.
I think you're going to be ok.....

Andrew's Mom said...

I think your C & C looks clean and organized!

Laura - don't come to my house - it's clean - but I have lots of stuff.

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