What is a binge de-clutterer?

By | January 6, 2016
Old Junk and Clutter

Old Junk and Clutter

What’s a binge decluttererer?

It’s someone like me who gets to the point where all the cupboards, drawers, shelves, bookcases and shed are SO full of things, I can’t stand it any longer.

Everything is overwhelming me

…and I can’t fit anything more in anywhere without introducing yet another piece of storage furniture!

I’ve had enough of buying bookcases and I’ve run out of walls. It’s time to clear out everything I haven’t used in over a year or that doesn’t have a personal value to me.

But not everyone can do the binge de-clutter.

It’s a lot of work – it usually takes me a solid weekend to round up all the stuff into boxes or bags and take it all to the garage. Over the course of a few months, the garage becomes engorged with my clutter.

The garage is my holding-pen, where I can dump stuff and let time pass. Time has to pass so I can feel at ease with my decision to toss these things out.

Letting time pass is important.

Sometimes we get more attached to things than is normal.

Given enough time out in the garage, your things will likely become forgotten.

As for me, I’m lucky enough to be able to say “let it all go”. I’m not attached to this junk, I already threw it out to the garage, so I don’t ever need to look at it again. It’s at this point that I’ll drag everything out to the front nature-strip / yard and give it away to passers by.

I’m lucky to live on a corner block on a busy street.

Nothing I have put on the nature strip has ever been taken back inside! 20 years ago, when I was new to this house, I arranged for the local council to send around the truck for my pre-booked annual rubbish collection. I put my 3 square meters of rubbish neatly on the nature strip – by morning, the only thing left was some empty paint tins and a massive peg board that was too big for anyone to carry.

It was then I realized my nature strip was a grand place to host a yard sale.

But I’d done a yard sale once before – it’s exhausting!  Pricing everything, laying out the tables and boxes and racks and tending to the customers, having enough change, advertising, haggling, getting a baby-sitter (lad was only 6 months old). Sure I made $1300.00, but the preparation and execution was too much for me.

For clothing and bric a brac, I choose Diabetes Australia, who come to me and collect these items which I leave on my front veranda. You might choose to sell your stuff on eBay or donate it to the Smith Family, that’s your choice. Personally, I don’t have the time to list everything on eBay, and I’m not about to fill my house with all the packaging material and supplies needed to run an eBay business getting rid of my own junk! Life’s too short.


Have you ever been a binge declutterer?  

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