I've been doing quite a bit of housework this week - for a change! I'm down to putting the clutter away. For me the clutter is stuff I've left out when I've moved on to my next project, books I haven't moved, newspapers and magazines I've been reading and stuff that never seems to have a home. I'm in the process of moving it all out of my dining room, where I have put it after tidying other rooms, into the hall, ready for taking upstairs to my 'storage areas'.
I have two big boxes of books in my wardrobe so there really isn't anymore room for more books in there, then there is a shelf that has recently bought books. I have got rid of a load of books to the charity shop but I read a lot and often have to re-read my favourites when I can't find a decent book in the shops. I have a lot of favourites. I don't use the library anymore since books became affordable. I think I read every book that interested me from my small local library.
Then there is my knitting yarn. I've recently taken up hand knitting and crochet so there's a lot of yarns, needles, hooks and patterns all over the place. Luckily this all fits into one storage box so that will be easy to put away.
The worst things to put away are all those 'bits' that I seem to have hanging about. A candlestick, ornaments, doilies - that sort of thing. I used to think I had quite a minimal style but over the years I've accumulated a lot of things and I can't seem to get myself to throw them out or pass them on to the charity shop.
What I'd like to do is be really ruthless and just get rid of it all, especially a lot of my craft stuff, books, jigsaw puzzles (that I don't do but Graham does), extra furniture that doesn't fit anywhere.
Every so often I get obsessed with this clutter. Maybe I will hire a skip and bung it all in there. What a relief that would be.