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27 May, 2015

REBECCA ASKS | Live with clutter or live to get rid of it?

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Hope you're doing well. Excuse my (relative) absence this week—been a bit preoccupied by other projects.  I have some fun stuff coming up here though, so y'know, stay tuned and such.

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This week's question was inspired my by recent efforts to declutter my apartment a little bit. (It's a slow, painful process. Some of you may have gotten little glimpses of it on Snapchat lately. There is still more crap to be dealt with.) Anyway, I ask you:

Do you generally keep your desk tidy, or are you the sort of person to let mountains of paper and other stuff pile up? If you don't work at a desk, the question applies to other types of work spaces too—your vanity, craft room, kitchen counters, etc.


If it wasn't obvious from the lead-in to the question, I'm pretty bad about letting clutter accumulate. I'm one of those people who's organized enough to always be able to find what they need, but there may or may not be a bit of playing Tetris with my crap to get to it. Once in a while I'll go through a phase where I want the extra stuff gone (like now), but for the most part, I have clutter-blindness and just work around it without even really thinking about it. Is that weird? I don't know.

So, how about you? Do you live with clutter or live to get rid of it?

12 comments:

  1. I'm one of those people who just has a pathway to their bed and stuff. I want to organize I just don't know how, really. It's definitely not in my genes.

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  2. I'm totally with you on the tetris-playing to get to my crap. Everything has its own place and as long as it stays there then everything is a-ok. Because if my scissors is out of place there is no way I'd be able to find my stapler, you know? But when it comes to other people's clutter, I LOVE to clean it up. Why? I have no idea. Is that even normal??

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  3. Haha! Sometimes I do wonder if sloppiness is genetic... my mom and sister also seem to be "pathway to the bed" people.

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  4. I know exactly what you mean. I'm constantly fussing over my boyfriend's junk mail and crap.... meanwhile there's a stack of magazines from 2011 sitting under my desk. Because that makes sense?

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  5. I'm a little in between--I'm not crazy neat, but I have a threshold of piles that once I cross, it all has to go!

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  6. I let it pile up then dump it. It's so much easier to clean up other people's messes, I run a cleaning business and my house NEVER looks as great as my clients. You don't have emotional attachment to other people's clutter. I suggest having a cleaning exchange where a trusted friend comes over, cleans out your junk and puts it in a bin and you only keep a FEW things. Then do the same for them.

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  7. I'm good at keeping certain kinds of clutter under control. Like my kitchen and bedroom stay really neat. But paperwork and office type stuff? Nope. I'll put everything away and then before I know it --BOOM. It's back.

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  8. That's very good advice! I'd be hesitant to do that with my home office, since someone else might not be able to figure out what's what with all the papers and everything... but for cleaning out old clothes and random knick-knacks, YES.

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  9. That sounds like a good balance... I'll admit I have a few too many piles myself, but I wouldn't want to spend all day obsessively cleaning either!

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  10. Yeah, I know what you mean. My kitchen isn't too bad... bathroom is presentable... but home office/paper hoarding zone? Scary at times.

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  11. I hate clutter, which is probably why I can't stand having a big collection of makeup! LOL Yet, there are times when no matter what is done, everything will be cluttered. This is why I have one corner which is the clutter corner; it is the only place allowed to be chaotic. After all, I am human and not perfect! 😉

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  12. Some organization "experts" say that you shouldn't have a clutter corner/junk drawer, but honestly, I think it's a good idea to have one. It's easier to keep most of your space neat if you know there's a special little area where you can dump your crap without a care in the world!

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