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February 19, 2013


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Sandy P. (USA)

Good morning Benita! I hear you on the ongoing decluttering. I too have been on the decluttering mode ... It feels good like a load off your shoulders. Just wondering though, your bed linens, aside of the one you have on the bed, do you keep an extra set for when you wash the current one? Or do you wash and put back on bed? My linen closet is next up on decluttering. Thanks!


I have an extra set for my bed and an extra for Wille's bed and a spare set for guests + a few extra pillowcases. I also have some extra flat sheets which aren't in use (wrong size for our beds) but might come in handy as white fabric which is why I'm hanging on to them.


Hmmm. This is what my glass cabinet looks like as well (the amount of glasses and cups) and I still think I have too much stuff. :)

Helen F

Good Morning, Once again I think you are so right. Why keep a lot of thing just because it might come in handy one day.
My mum past away this past fall and I've tried not to keep too much. A alot was just second hand plates and glasses, but there were also some thing that I love. So I'm in the process of sorting out and figure out what too keep of the few boxes that are left.
Do you have any tips in organizing photos? We've kept family picures and picures of moms friends. But how to start organizing? What's the first step.

I find your blog a great inspiration. And I love what you've done to your and Willies house.


Nice to see you don't have much plastic. I hate drinking out of plastic glasses!


Ah, if only I could achieve this. Well I could, but my boyfriend is in the way... I need to convince him once again that we do not need all the cups and glasses.


Great tips on the questions to ask oneself in the decluttering process. Thanks!


I'm a terrible hoarder of glassware and dish so that picture above could never be from my cabinet. On the other hand I toss away lots of other stuff and recycle so the harmony is somehow accomplished. My motto is to get rid of things I haven't used in a year.


Oh, I so wish I could get to this. We literally have 25 coffee cups and my husband is the only person who drinks coffee and tea. We don't entertain often either. It is craziness to me but he won't part with them! He is not much of a clutter bug with anything else so I have to forgive him this one. :)


I also don't like plastic but I do have a row of plastic beakers that come in handy outside sometimes but I'm quite tempted to get rid of them. Wille uses them quite frequently though so I'll have to consult him :)


Here's a post I wrote a few years ago on organizing photos: http://chezlarsson.com/myblog/2008/07/organizing-phot.html


Sorry for the late answers to your comments today but Typepad was a bit off this morning on my work computer.

Heather P.

I feel like that too. I recently went through my closet and dresser to get rid of things I no longer wear, and if I had posted pics of it, I don't think anyone would notice the difference. It's not like I gutted the closet, just got rid of things that were in too poor of shape to fix, didn't fit, and weren't going to be worn anytime soon. As for the dresser, I'm not really comfortable putting up pics of my ratty old underwear online...so that project stayed off the blog for obvious reasons.

I'm hoping to do more projects about whittling down my possessions, but I agree that it's hard when it's an ongoing project, and one that we often do in short, hardly noticeable spurts. Maybe when we move in a few months, I will have more to report...but until then, it's all about finding time to do what I can!


We're going to have to do a "Frühjahrsputz" this year. Like Catherine we own around 25 or more cups and we always use the same. We definitely have to consider every item in our kitchen, closet and living rooms. I started with our basement last Sunday and was pretty amazed how much you can achieve in 1.5 hours. Okay, it's a really tiny cubicle but now it's nice and clean and feels pretty roomy ^^


Wow. My stash of things will never, ever be that small.
Not that I want them to be either though.
But it must be nice to be able to let go of things so easily,
after all, they are not what's important.

I'm always fighting my upbringing: I was taught the mindset of an older generation. The "That might come in handy" way of thinking, combined with the notion that you should keep gifts, whether you like them or not, all solidly resting on the base of keeping the "good" things for guests, and not using the nicest things other than at the rarest occasion.

It's lucky I'm so picky, otherwise I'd be a fullblown hoarder...


Ah, that sounds just like my mom, she saves everything that she'be given however ugly or useless. Glad you're picky! I grew up with not using the living room, it was for special occasions and only using the best for guests. I'm the opposite, if I don't like I donate and I always use my best and if I don't that goes too! :)


I'd love to know what do you drink your wine out of? Is it the glasses on the bottom lest? I'm asking because my stemware broke and I am trying to decide whether I should buy stemware or just nice glasses.


Yes, I drink wine from those. They're Lempi from Iittala https://www.iittala.com/Series/Iittala/Lempi/c/Lempi. I am on the look out for some nice taller stemware though but am unsure of exactly what I want and if I'll get much use out of it once I have it :).

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