We only got married and moved into our little home a few short months ago, yet I can already see the clutter beginning to accumulate. It has the most sinister ways to creep in. Old newspapers and bills, empty plastic bags, a few items that were lovingly given to us, but are of little use... it takes a time to sort through it all!
In addition, I have discovered a slight difference of attitudes between my husband and myself when it comes to this matter. I see as clutter any object we don't use for practical purposes or to beautify our home, and will gladly throw or give it away. My husband will most often stick to anything he thinks we might ever use, someday, someway. In a little house with very little storage space, this usually means piles of clutter.
Here's what happened last night. My husband came from work, holding two unrecognizable metal objects in his hands.
"Aren't they nice?" - he asked enthusiastically.
"What are these?"
"Well, I don't actually know. But aren't they cool?"
Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining. I love having a creative and resourceful husband who can take what others would label as "junk", make a few tweaks here and there, and produce excellent and useful items. If you visited me, you'd see our multi-purpose dining table - we don't have enough space to squeeze in a desk, so I also use it as a working desk for computer, writing letters, crafts and ironing. You'd never guess this lovely table was found abandoned outside, and repainted just a few days before our wedding.
I think I have mentioned previously that most of our furniture was either found and repaired, or we got it used. It saved us a good deal of money, and was very useful. However, we also have much (too much, in my opinion) stuff that gathers dust on our shelves, taking up limited storage space.
In a few months, we are supposed to move again, and I'm eagerly waiting for this opportunity to get rid of unnecessary clutter. Moving is the perfect time to do that, because you are forced to go through all your things and decide what is important enough to be wrapped, put into a box, and taken with you to your new home. Often, you will find things you even forgot you had - and ironically, even though you hadn't used them for years and didn't miss them at all, once you see it you are unable to say goodbye.
After we move, we plan to settle in our little nest for more than a few months. Which means I will have to be even more careful about letting clutter in. We'll have an outside storage shed in our new home, but I don't want it to become full to burst with unnecessary items either. So I think that once in a while, I will just pretend we are moving again, and simply let go. Let go of unnecessary items and simplify our life. It feels good.
PS: I'm happy to share some joyous news with you all, dear friends - we have a new niece! My sister-in-law gave birth to a sweet, precious baby girl. I can't wait to see them both.
PPS: I'm glad many of you enjoyed the Jewish wedding video I posted yesterday. Keep in mind that Jews have varying traditions, depending on place of origin. The wedding you saw was Ashkenazi. My husband is Sephardi so some things about our wedding were a bit different.