The featured photo today is of all the half-used food storage materials I pulled out while decluttering my kitchen a year ago. We’ll never know exactly how those multiple half-used packages of food wrappings, spread among half a dozen cabinets, drawers and storage boxes came to be there, but I have a guess…
Most of these materials came into play during periods of seasonal baking that would turn the kitchen into an assembly line for an intense, time sensitive few weeks. Kitchen space and preparation time being at a premium, as each stage of the assembly process was completed, the tools and unused materials would be hastily shoved out of sight. A year later as baking season bore down upon the bakers, it would be easier and faster to fetch new materials rather than seek out the hastily buried resources.
Time, space, money. When any one is in short supply we tend to squander the others.
Decluttering is usually viewed as throwing out unnecessary, useless stuff, stuff, as the popular decluttering book would say, that no longer gives joy, if it ever did! But after more than a year of shoveling things out of this house I’ve come to view decluttering completely differently.
To declutter my home is to take responsibility for assuring that the things I keep In it, things that range from a box of cling wrap to a framed photo on the wall, have dignity and purpose and are allowed to serve as they were intended. Otherwise, I must free them to find their proper homes.
To declutter my home is to take responsibility for the spaces in it, to assure that I can live in my living room, work in my study, cook in my kitchen, keep a car in my garage. When my spaces aren’t serving their purposes, I need to free them.